Judge rules against victim contact

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 28, 2016 11:42AM

(Published in print: Thursday, March 24, 2016)

JAFFREY — A district court judge denied a request by an assault case victim to resume contact with her alleged attacker.

Police arrested Michael Wybert, 21, of New Ipswich in February on multiple charges, including two charges of felony wiretapping for allegedly intercepting a call between his then-girlfriend and a police officer.

He was also charged with assaulting the woman both physically, by allegedly bumping her with his chest, and sexually, by allegedly putting his hands on her in a sexual manner against her will, and false imprisonment, after allegedly blocking her in the kitchen of their shared residence as she was attempting to leave.

On Tuesday, Wybert appeared before Judge L. Phillips Runyon to consider changing his bail to allow him to have contact with the woman, whom he lives with.

The woman submitted a request that Wybert be allowed to have contact again, as the two share a living space, bills, and Wybert is her ride to work.

Prosecuting attorney Michael Beausoleil objected to the request, noting that Wybert had a previous arrest for assault in 2013, which he was not convicted for, after he allegedly tackled his girlfriend to the ground after an argument.

Also, added Beausoleil, there have been two additional 911 calls made by the alleged victim in this case in relation to confrontations with Wybert that did not result in charges. Given that context, said Beausoleil, it would be inappropriate to amend bail conditions.

Runyon agreed, saying that in many cases with a first-time offense, it would not be uncommon to allow contact if the alleged victim requested it or had no objection, but given the prior history of police involvement, the bail should remain as originally imposed.

“Given prior charges and the prior police contact, I’m not inclined to change the bail conditions,” said Runyon.