SOUTHINGTON - A local man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly strangling a woman and sexually assaulting her.
Ryan McCormack, 37, of 50 Cardinal Drive, is facing domestic violence charges of sexual assault of a cohabitant, third-degree assault, second-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim reported the allegations to police on Oct. 10 after she was brought to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus three days after the incident. The woman had bruising on her face and one of her arms and an injury to her neck.
According to the warrant, McCormack and the complainant argued late on Oct. 7, when he allegedly put both of his hands around the woman’s neck, choking her, and lifted her up and threw her onto a bed. She told police she was struggling to breathe as he allegedly continued to choke her, before straddling her and striking her face with a cordless phone, the warrant said.
The woman said she was able to get away from McCormack and run for the front door, which she alleges he closed on her arm. Then, she told police, he grabbed her neck and slammed her face onto a countertop. The woman then ran into the bedroom, where McCormack allegedly touched her inappropriately and threatened to rape her, according to the arrest warrant. He then allegedly let the woman go, took her cell phone and refused to bring her to the hospital.
The woman went to work on Oct. 10 and lied to her colleagues, saying she was in a car accident. Her friend brought her to the hospital later in the day, when police became involved.
Police spoke to McCormack the same day the complaint was filed. He told officers he threw a phone at the victim, but he denied the rest of her allegations, the warrant said.
McCormack was not arrested until this past weekend. He was held in custody and arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said the complainant has no safety concerns.
Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor, said the court’s Family Relations Office “feels the victim is in quite a bit of danger.” He asked that a high bond be set.
McCormack’s attorney, Mark Rembish, said his client has no criminal record and is employed, asking for a much lower bond that Dearstyne’s $500,000 request.
“He denies the allegations vigorously and he would like his day in court,” Rembish said.
McCormack posted $100,000 bond after the hearing. He is due back in court on Dec. 7.
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