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Man charged with punching parole agent

March 21, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A Montgomery Village, Md., man has been charged with punching a Hagerstown woman whom he was dating while she was his parole and probation agent.

Jesus Delvalle, 25, of 9507 Tippet Lane, was charged March 16 with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft of less than $500.

He was being held at Washington County Detention Center Wednesday on $100,000 bond.

In charging documents filed with Washington County District Court, police said Hagerstown City Police officers went to the Fairview Road home of Lyndsay Jean Nave twice on March 16 in connection with a dispute she was having with a male friend.

The first visit at 4:06 a.m. was made in response to a 911 hangup call, charging documents said.

When the officer arrived, Nave told police she had been arguing with her friend, Delvalle, who punched her in the chest and took her cellular phone before leaving with his dog, court documents alleged.

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Police went to the house again at 9:51 a.m., and Nave, who works as a parole and probation agent in Gaithersburg, Md., told police she had not told the officer who was there earlier the whole truth about her relationship with Delvalle.

"It was later learned that Mr. Delvalle has actually been dating Ms. Nave," police said in charging documents.

Nave told police that she had brought Delvalle to her house on March 15 so that he could look for a job locally, charging documents said.

"While at her house, he was drinking and he started to argue with her. She told him she wanted him to leave but he would not leave. She advised, he assaulted her in the kitchen by punching her in the chest area just below her neck," charging documents allege.

Delvalle also tried to choke her, Nave alleged to police.

Nave could not be reached for comment. There was no listing in the phone book for Nave, and directory assistance had no listing for her.

Racine Winborn, a spokeswoman for the Office of Parole and Probation said the department has a "strict prohibition" on fraternization between agents and clients.

Winborn said she couldn't comment on a particular case, saying that was a personnel matter.

While at police headquarters, Nave told officers Delvalle was her client and that she had been having a relationship with him since December 2001, according to court documents.

She told police they argued on March 16 because he heard another man's voice on her answering machine.

Officers picked up Delvalle later that day at the home of one of Nave's neighbors, police said.

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