Man faces new charges in domestic violence case
Published 3:04 pm, Thursday, July 22, 2010
Her boyfriend, the Fairfield woman said, punched her in the face one time. She sought medical help, but it was never reported to police.
Another time, he pinned her down on the bed with his elbows, and she escaped with a bruised cheek bone and a black eye. That time, her mother insisted they take a photograph of the injuries. In June, he allegedly tried to strangle her and this time she went to the police.
The boyfriend, Robert P. Cortina, 24, was arrested June 12 on charges of third-degree strangulation, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $1,000 bond, but was told by police he was to have no contact with his live-in girlfriend until his court date June 14. At that court date, the judge issued a protective order, and Cortina was to refrain from contacting the 26-year-old woman in any manner.
But according to police, Cortina violated both the protective order and the conditions of his release, sending text messages to the woman who was living with her mother. He even tried to block his phone number from the text messages, according to police Sgt. Sue Lussier said.
Cortina was arrested again, this time on a warrant Wednesday that charged him with violating the protective order and condition of release, as well as first-degree unlawful restraint and third-degree assault.
The assault and unlawful restraint charges stem from an incident May 5 that police learned of when interviewing the victim.
Cortina is being held on a $15,000 bond and has not entered a plea for any of the charges. His next court date is Aug. 11.
"These are very thorough investigations," Lussier said, adding that police Detective Kerry Dalling, who trains fellow officers on how to deal with domestic violence incidents, got the victim's previous medical records in support of her claims. "The injuries were consistent with her statement," Lussier said.
Police, Lussier said, "don't take these things lightly," and said no one should be afraid to make a complaint about domestic violence. "Even if they're calling for a family member or a friend, they should know there are other resources out there."