Dupont arrested for assault, abuse

A local man was arrested last week after, police said, he physically and sexually assaulted a woman with whom he was acquainted.

Following an earlier incident, police arrested 38-year-old Jesse Dupont, of Dayton Hill, for assaulting a woman on Dec. 28.

Police first responded to a call from a 36-year-old Granville woman, who said Dupont had attacked her. Police arrived while she was on the phone with him, but he hung up once police picked up. He called back but said he would not come to the scene and that the victim was lying.

Police then spoke with the woman, who had visible bruising on her arm and wrist. She said she had let Dupont stay at her apartment, even though there was a stay-away order of protection for him until 2018. She said he was there for several days with no problems except minor arguments.

On Dec. 28, the two got into a serious argument, she said, and Dupont grabbed the woman by the arms, punched her in the head, slapped her and then held her down and performed a sex act in front of her. She said the following morning he hit her again and when she tried to run away and lock herself in the bathroom, he grabbed her flatiron and struck her in the head with it.

She told police she was eventually able to close the bathroom door and lock herself in, and she called police immediately after Dupont left. Police had her show them the shirt she was wearing during the incident as well as the flatiron. They took photos of her bruises and injuries as well as incoming phone calls and text messages from him.

EMS treated the woman at the scene and later at the station, police took a statement and connected the woman with domestic violence officers. She said she was “OK” other than swelling on her shoulder and bruising and scratches but did not want to seek further medical assistance.

Police learned Dupont knew they were looking for him but did not know where he was. There was a previous warrant out for Dupont, and police obtained a new one.

Police and sheriff’s deputies and state troopers found Dupont at a house on County Route 17, where he was hiding in a bedroom with two children. He admitted to criminal contempt but denied the sex abuse charge.

Dupont was charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree sexual abuse, criminal mischief with intent to damage property and first-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection with physical contact.

He was remanded to Washington County Jail for lack of bail or bond.

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