BURLINGTON — An East Montpelier man is accused of assaulting a woman he has assaulted in the past.
Nathaniel S. Cliche, 31, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Chittenden County criminal court in Burlington to a felony count of second-degree aggravated domestic assault. If convicted, Cliche faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The charge is a felony because Cliche has a prior domestic assault conviction. He was ordered held at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton on $2,500 bail.
Cliche also denied a violation of probation.
Vermont State Police Trooper Matthew Nadeau said in his affidavit a man called police to report his daughter said Cliche assaulted her at a home in East Montpelier. The man said his daughter was thrown off a porch.
While en route, Nadeau saw a woman walking down the road who he later identified as the victim. She told Nadeau she had just left Cliche’s home where the pair had gotten into an argument. The victim reported at one point Cliche had pushed her off the top step of the porch. Nadeau said the victim was not injured.
Nadeau spoke to Cliche at the residence. He told Nadeau he and the victim had been drinking and they got into an argument. Cliche told Nadeau the victim fell off the porch and denied pushing her. After she fell, Cliche reported he tried to help the victim up, but she kicked him in the chest, court papers show.
Nadeau said Cliche was taken into custody, and during questioning at the Middlesex barracks, he admitted to pushing the victim.
Cliche is currently on probation for a domestic assault conviction from last month. He was given a year of probation on the misdemeanor conviction.
According to court records, Cliche assaulted the same victim involved in Tuesday’s case by throwing a beer bottle at her and hitting her. Police said he also pushed the victim into a window, causing the glass to break.