WATERVILLE — A Freedom man is facing felony assault charges stemming from repeated abuse of a woman he was in a relationship with.

Travis Coro, 29, of Albion Road, was arrested in Waterville on Friday and charged with aggravated domestic violence assault.

The most recent charges are related to Coro’s arrest on the afternoon of July 18, also for assault and domestic violence assault. At the time, Coro was alleged to have hit his 1-year-old child, causing serious bruising on the lower back half of the child’s body, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

In that episode, he was also alleged to have grabbed the woman who was at the residence, held her down on a bed and prevented her from using a cellphone to call police.

The woman later extricated herself from the situation with the child and called the police, Rumsey said.

Earlier this month, the woman contacted police and reported “an ongoing pattern of abuse” during the course of her relationship with Coro, up to and including the July 18 incident, Rumsey said. She told police that Coro had repeatedly strangled her to the point of unconsciousness. The woman has since taken a protection from abuse order out against Coro, he added.

After taking the report and consulting with the district attorney’s office, Waterville police arrested Coro for class B aggravated assault. After gathering the information, the district attorney’s office and police felt it was “appropriate and necessary” to charge Coro to keep the woman and child safe, Rumsey said.

Coro was arrested on Main Street just after 2 p.m. on Friday.

Strangulation is considered an aggravating factor because of the possibility that it can be lethal, Rumsey said.

When people are angry or have their inhibitions down, they “don’t understand what they are doing and how close to unconsciousness or death a person may be,” he said.

Class B crimes carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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