MILLERSBURG -- A Holmesville man last week denied assaulting a 4-year-old child in January.
Thomas A. Miller, 36, of 7721 Township Road 551, pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to a single count of domestic violence.
The charge is made a fourth-degree felony because Miller previously -- in May 2012 in Holmes County Municipal Court -- was convicted of domestic violence. If convicted of the new charge, Miller faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The charge stems from a Jan. 21 incident, which the Holmes County Sheriff's Office started investigating after a deputy assigned to the Holmes County Department of Job and Family Services was advised the child returned home from a weekend visit with Miller with bruises on his chest, said Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
The incident was reported following a Jan. 25 home visit by a JFS case worker, to whom the child said the bruise was caused by Miller, according to Haun.
Miller was silent when confronted about the allegation, said Haun.
Miller, who remains free on his own recognizance, with an order prohibiting him from having contact with the child, is next scheduled to appear in court for a July 13 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 21.
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