NORWAY — Bail was set Wednesday at $5,000 cash or property worth $20,000 for a Norway man charged with assaulting a 15-year-old boy and obstructing the report of a crime.
Damian Dunn, 22, has been charged in South Paris District Court with felony aggravated assault, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
He also faces charges of obstructing the report of a crime, punishable by up to 364 days in jail, and violating conditions of release, which could bring up to six months in jail.
Dunn’s bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victim.
According to an affidavit written by Norway Police Officer Stephen Cronce, a 15-year old reported that Dunn assaulted him near Beal Street.
Cronce wrote that the teenager said Dunn had strangled him for about 30 seconds, and had pulled him to the ground, “crushing his head to the pavement with his knee.”
“(The victim) said that when he got up, Dunn stole his phone from his hand and threw it into the backyard of an area home while he was already on the phone with 911,” Cronce wrote. “(The allaged victim) recovered the phone and called 911 as Damian got a ride out of the area.”
A witness to the alleged assault said that she “saw everything” and submitted a written statement, according to Cronce’s affidavit.
“The witness said that she saw Dunn on top of (the victim) and yelled for him to get off,” Cronce wrote.
The 15-year-old was taken by ambulance to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.