A man convicted of assaulting his pregnant, now ex-girlfriend isn't allowed to have any contact with the mother of his twin children while on probation.
Former Wakeman resident Mark A. Philpot, 31, plans to move to Kentucky once he finishes his jail term for a felony domestic violence charge. He and his family live near the Tennessee border while the victim lives in the same state about four hours away.
"That's where I was born and raised," Philpot said during Wednesday's sentencing hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Philpot doesn't oppose the no-association order because he realizes his relationship with the victim is over. The woman wasn't in the courtroom Wednesday.
Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant to serve a 180-day jail sentence, but credited him with already being in the Huron County Jail for 130 days. The judge authorized Philpot's probation supervision to be transferred to Kentucky. Conway, who fined Philpot $500, also said he'd reconsider the no-association order only if the victim made such a request, noting he would do so for the sake of the children.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office and Huron County Children Services investigated the Aug. 10 incident in Clarksfield Township. Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 7:07 p.m. from a female subject who called on behalf of the victim.
"The victim and friend were in the house when the boyfriend, who was allegedly drunk, got home," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said soon after the incident.
The victim's and Philpot's 1-year-old daughter was reportedly in a high-chair at the time. The woman was 3 1/2 months pregnant.
"The victim's friend suggested they were going to go outside for a walk and Philpot allegedly became hostile, told the friend to leave, grabbed his girlfriend by her hair and threw her into a washing machine where she struck her stomach," Patrick said.
"The man then got on top of the victim and continued beating her. ... (He was) still on top of her, beating her, when deputies were at the door," he said. "The victim received injuries to her head and face. Her ear was swollen and she was bitten in the forehead."
An ambulance transported the woman to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
"Obviously, this was a serious incident. I don't know how much alcohol played a factor," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Wednesday. "There's no excuse for this behavior."
The victim testified during Philpot's Aug. 20 preliminary hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court.
"She reported no serious injuries to herself. There were no fetal injuries," said Longo, who noted the unborn children appear to be OK.
Philpot, in late October, pleaded guilty to domestic violence. His criminal record includes a six-year prison sentence for assault in Kentucky from 2005. It's unclear if Philpot served the entire term; Conway mentioned the defendant may have been on an intervention program.
If Philpot violates the terms of his two years of probation, he faces one year in prison.