DETECTIVES SAY A UTAH MAN -- ACCUSED OF REPEATEDLY BINDING AND RAPING HIS WIFE -- DEFENDED THE ATTACKS, BY CLAIMING... ONCE THEY MARRIED, HE BELIEVED SHE WAS HIS "PROPERTY."

POLICE ALSO SAY, THE 27-YEAR-OLD EAGLE MOUNTAIN MAN ADMITTED RAPING A NIECE SEVERAL YEARS AGO -- WHEN SHE WAS PRESCHOOL AGE -- AND THREATENED TO MOLEST HIS INFANT DAUGHTER, IF HIS WIFE REFUSED TO HAVE SEX WITH HIM.

POLICE SAY, THEY WERE INVESTIGATING THE MAN -- ON SUSPICION OF CHILD ABUSE -- WHEN HE CONFESSED TO RAPING HIS WIFE.

HE'S NOW CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF RAPE... AND TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.