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Massena man placed under conditional discharge for biting girlfriend’s lip during argument


MASSENA - A 24-year-old Massena man charged with biting his girlfriend’s lip during a domestic dispute has been fined and ordered to undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered Christopher H. Pettit, 24, of 88 Bayley Road, Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge with stipulations he have the alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and abide by the terms of an order of protection that directs him to stay away from Sandra Moerlin after he pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment.

Village police had charged Pettit with third-degree assault at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 8 following an incident that took place at his residence. He reportedly bit Ms. Moerlin on the lip during a domestic dispute. Ms. Moerlin, in her statement to police, said Pettit had several drinks and was upset that his daughter’s friend was at their residence. He pleaded guilty to the harassment violation in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

“Chris got upset with me, saying I never listen to what he has to think. Chris pushed me and wouldn’t let me leave the bedroom,” she noted in her statement to police.

She said her 12-year-old daughter then intervened, and Pettit started yelling at her. Ms. Moerlin said she got between Pettit and her daughter and told her boyfriend to leave the residence.

“Chris wouldn’t leave. Then Chris grabbed both my arms and bit my lip,” she told police.

Ms. Moerlin was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injury.

The domestic incident report indicated Pettit had admitted consuming six to seven Twisted Ice Teas before the incident. The report indicated Ms. Moerlin had left a blood trail in her bedroom and the upstairs hallway from her injury.

Following the sentencing, Ms. Moerlin approached prosecutors and asked to have the stay away order of protection modified to no harassment so she could have contact with Pettit.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Roger J. Deshane, 40, of 2507 County Route 55, Brasher Iron Works, was sentenced to one year in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for a second-degree criminal contempt conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.

Village police had charged Deshane with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt. He was charged following an investigation into a complaint that he had violated an order of protection by texting and calling his ex-girlfriend, Tami L. LaMay.

Mr. Gustafson had signed an order of protection on April 25 directing Deshane to stay away from Ms. LaMay following his arrest on an aggravated harassment count. That order was to expire Oct. 31.

Ms. LaMay, in a statement she signed for police on May 23, said Deshane had sent her a text telling her he loved her and would go to jail for life. “This was not sent from Roger’s phone, but I know this was him because he signed the bottom of it. He then sent me another text from his phone (an hour and a half later) with the same message,” she noted in her statement.

Deshane had been jailed from his arrest on April 25 on an aggravated harassment count until May 15 when he pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.;

In that case, he admitted he sent repeated text messages to Ms. LaMay after April 20 when a village police officer told Deshane he could face arrest if he continued to contact his ex-girlfriend. He also reportedly left a voice message on LaMay’s 17-year-old daughter’s phone warning her that, if he was arrested, he would be coming to their home when he was released and face another arrest because Ms. LaMay would be dead.

■ Nestor M. Valez, 36, of 2477 Belmont Ave., Bronx, was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2.500 cash or $5,000 bond on a second-degree menacing count.

He is also being held in the county jail awaiting sentencing to four years in state prison for a case being heard in St. Lawrence County Court.

He allegedly pointed a black pistol at the head of Lindsay S. Brainard during a May 12 dispute between Valez and her ex-boyfriend, Nathan J. Justin.

Justin was arrested earlier this week on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of New Jersey, where he is wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges following an alleged October 2010 home invasion.

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