BENNINGTON -- A Pownal man is being held without bail after being accused of strangling and punching a woman.

Sheyon C. Salmon, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, and misdemeanor domestic assault. He will be held until a hearing determines what conditions he can be released under to ensure public safety and court appearances.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Cpl. Andy Hunt, on Saturday at 9:49 p.m. he spoke to a woman who said she had been in a sexual relationship with Salmon for 18 months and was two months pregnant with his child. The woman said she was at the place where migrant workers at Southern Vermont Orchards live when Salmon and his girlfriend showed up. She went to speak with Salmon’s girlfriend but Salmon grabbed her and pulled her away. This restricted her breathing. He then punched her in the head after she said this was why she did not want to have his child. He punched her again when she indicated she would seek an abortion. According to her, only Salmon’s girlfriend witnessed this.

There was redness and swelling on the woman’s face and redness on her neck.

Salmon told police he went to the orchard housing to return some items to people there. The woman was there with another man and tried to start a fight with his girlfriend. He said the woman attacked him when he got out of his vehicle and he had to slap her to make her stop. He feared being injured by her until some other people dragged her away.

Hunt wrote that the woman’s injuries did not support his story.

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