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Local man convicted for assaulting family member

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Apr 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Fredrick Biller was released Monday from a month-long stay in the Huron County Jail after being convicted of assaulting a family member.

Biller, 42, of 5 W. Washburn St. Lot 1, New London, was put in jail on March 1 after police investigated the allegation of assault, New London Police Chief Mike Marko said. Biller was apparently unable to post a $5,000 bond.

He was released about 9 a.m. after the court hearing, a jail spokesperson said.

The assault occurred about 7 p.m. March 1, when Biller tried to take keys out of the victim's purse. He punched the victim in her right shoulder and tried to bite her in the arm, then broke out of a bedroom window, officer Kris Pinkerton said at the time.

Pinkerton searched the village for Biller after the call came in, but couldn't find him until a tipster saw him walking near the intersection of Main Street and Railroad Ave., the officer said.

"I checked him for weapons and took him to the station," Pinkerton said of Biller's apprehension.

Biller initially skirted the truth about the incident but then admitted that he had assaulted the victim. Police charged Biller with domestic violence.

During the interview with Pinkerton, Biller was very remorseful about what he had done, Pinkerton said.

"(Biller) kept saying he wished he didn't hit (the victim)," Pinkerton said.

Meanwhile, back at the residence, the victim was shocked that Biller had attacked her, the officer said. The victim told Pinkerton, "he's never done anything like this before."

During Monday's hearing, Biller was sentenced to 90 days in jail, given credit for the month he has spent in jail and the remainder of the sentence was suspended, Clerk of Courts Pam Boss said.

Biller was placed on probationary sanctions that include no further trouble with the law for two years and was ordered to pay $200 within 90 days, in addition to court costs.

Last month, Biller was cleared on a recent charge of misuse of the 911 system after the prosecutor dropped the case following a mental evaluation, according to court records.

Biller has been the subject of police attention multiple times in the last several months for leaving his home unsupervised by his legal guardian, Helen Searl who is also his mother, according to Marko.

Biller has a long list of charges in Norwalk Municipal Court that includes gross sexual imposition, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and aggravated menacing, according to court records.

The Huron County Department of Job and Family's Division of Adult Protective Services has been assigned to Biller's case, but the department has been mum on details concerning whether he is getting mental assistance through their programs.

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