Friday March 8, 2013

BENNINGTON -- A Winhall man is facing charges of felony domestic assault, and misdemeanor disturbing the peace by phone, after a woman accused him of punching her arm, slapping her face, and sending her threatening text messages.

Christopher Bilotta, 44, of Kendall Farm Road, pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on the condition he not have contact with the woman accusing him.

According to an affidavit by Winhall Police Sgt. Thomas Crowe, on Wednesday he spoke to a woman who said she and Bilotta had driven to Rutland and throughout the trip they argued over relationship problems. She said she slapped Bilotta’s arm lightly and in return he hit her in the arm with a closed fist which she said hurt on a level of 10 using a scale of one to 10.

Police commonly ask alleged violence victims to describe their pain on a one to 10 scale with one being the least pain and 10 being the most they have ever felt.

The woman said during the return trip to Winhall, Bilotta slapped her face, and she "saw stars." She also accused him of pushing her down and kicking her, and showed police a number of bruises she said were from these attacks. Bilotta also sent her a number of threatening and abusive text messages, she said.

Bilotta told police he did send her "horrible texts" because he was frustrated with the woman over her threatening to accuse him of domestic assault and to use bruises she has caused herself as evidence.


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He told police they did argue while on a trip to Rutland and she did hit him, but said he never hit her back. Bilotta said he nearly reported her for assault but changed his mind when she threatened to report him instead.

Bilotta’s assault charge is a felony because of a previous conviction he has for domestic assault from 2002.

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