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W.Va. man charged with choking ex-girlfriend

August 29, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., man is charged with breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house last week and choking her, court records show.

Curtis Andre Johnson Sr., 38, of Eagle Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on one misdemeanor count of domestic battery and one felony count of nighttime burglary.

Police allege that Johnson used a key that was hidden to enter Dawn D. Baker's home on Cherry Run Road in Hedgesville between 5 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 24, which was Johnson's birthday.

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Baker woke up as she was being choked, police allege.

Baker's daughter, who was asleep with her mother when the attack occurred, is afraid to return home and probably needs counseling, the girl's father told police.

West Virginia State Trooper M.M. Kingery, who handled the investigation, said he confirmed that the girl stayed with her father to avoid her mother's home. Baker also went to stay with her ex-husband after the assault, in case her assailant returned, police said.

Baker said she did not report the incident to police for three days because she feared possible retaliation from Johnson, records show.

A conviction on a burglary charge is punishable by from one to 15 years in prison and a conviction on a domestic battery charge is punishable by up to a year in jail.

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