MILLERSBURG -- A Berlin man on, April 19, denied criminal charges he assaulted his girlfriend at their home in early March.
C.G. Thomas Dayton, 23, of 13 E. Miller Ave., pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to domestic violence and disrupting public services.
The domestic violence charge is made a third-degree so because Dayton was convicted of domestic violence in Massillon Municipal Court in May 2013 and in December 2012 and September 2014 in New Philadelphia Municipal Court.
If convicted, Dayton faces up to three years in prison for the domestic violence charge alone.
He was arrested on March 8 after a Holmes County Sheriff's deputy was called at 1:05 a.m. to the residence by his 35-year-old girlfriend, who reported a verbal argument over text messages he had allegedly received turned physical.
She reported Dayton kicked her in the stomach, pushed her, choked her and put her in a headlock, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun, noting the woman did not seek medical treatment for her injuries.
During the incident, Haun said, Dayton allegedly took the woman's cellphone from her, preventing her from using it to call for assistance.
Dayton is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference on May 4. A jury trial is scheduled for May 22.
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