BENNINGTON -- A New York man is being held for lack of $5,000 bail after a woman accused him of putting her in a strangle hold during an argument over alleged infidelity.

Randy Wadsworth, 35, of Greenwich, N.Y., pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault. Should he post bail he will not be allowed contact with the alleged victim.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer James A. Gulley Jr., on Saturday at 9 a.m. he went to McCall Street where a woman said she was assaulted by Wadsworth in her apartment at approximately 3 a.m. She said that she had not called police earlier because her children were asleep.

The woman said while Wadsworth was sleeping, his phone began to receive text messages, which she read and saw that they were from a woman she had previously accused him of cheating on her with. The messages included photos of the woman. She confronted Wadsworth over this, and he began to yell at her and damage items around the apartment. He grabbed her by the arm and then put her in a strangle hold with the crook of his elbow, cutting off her ability to breathe for a minute.

The woman then yelled for the their mutual friend, who was in the apartment, to help, and he separated them.

Wadsworth told police he grabbed the woman's arm to keep her from hitting him, and said he was behind her when he did this. He denied strangling her.

The friend said he saw Wadsworth with his arms around the woman before he separated them.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.