The suspected domestic violence victim was in the courthouse hallway while the defendant was being arraigned in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Scott A. Gaborko, 31, of 4797 West Collins Road, Collins, entered a "not guilty" plea Monday to domestic violence in connection with a June 29 incident. The third-degree felony is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.
Defense attorney Harold Freeman said the pregnant victim has requested Judge Jim Conway release the no-association and communication order previously handed down in Norwalk Municipal Court. Freeman was in court to cover the arraignment for his brother, Tom, whom Gaborko has hired to represent him.
The woman is due to give birth in November.
"We can't agree to that," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said about Freeman's request.
Citing grand jury testimony, Woodruff said when officers responded, the woman had visible injuries. Conway kept the no-contact order in place as a condition of Gaborko's bond.
Gaborko earlier posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Huron County Jail. He appeared in court Monday on a summons.
His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27.