Man pleads guilty to as­sault­ing boy

10-year-old said he was punched, stran­gled

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­

A Ch­e­sa­peake Beach man awaits his De­cem­ber sen­tenc­ing af­ter en­ter­ing pleas of guilt to two sec­ond-de­gree as­saults Mon­day for an April in­ci­dent in which he re­port­edly phys­i­cally as­saulted a 10-year-old fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Micheal Paul Pastier, 38, was in­dicted on two counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and sin­gle counts of sec­ond-de­gree child abuse and driv­ing a ve­hi­cle while im­paired by al­co­hol, on­line court records show.

Tfc. W. Costello was dis­patched to Macrae Av­enue in Prince Fred­er­ick at 4:17 p.m. April 16 for the report of a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance. Upon arrival to the res­i­dence, Costello made con­tact with two ju­ve­niles, ages 9 and 10, ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments. The vic­tim said Pastier got into an ar­gu­ment with his mother, to whom Pastier used to be mar­ried but from whom he was

now legally sep­a­rated. The ju­ve­nile also said Pastier took his youngest brother

from the res­i­dence.

The 10-year-old said Pastier be­gan yelling at his mother be­fore sub­se­quently call­ing her names and say­ing he was go­ing to leave, the report states. The 9-year-old boy

re­port­edly came out of the room at this time and asked if Pastier was still go­ing to spend the day with them, at which time Pastier re­port­edly said he didn’t want to take them any­more and his lawyer

wouldn’t let him.

Af­ter the ju­ve­niles’ mother went to work, Pastier re­turned to the res­i­dence a few hours later ap­pear­ing to be an­gry, charg­ing doc­u­ments report. The vic­tim said Pastier yelled at him to pack up, but he said he didn’t want to go due to Pastier’s ear­lier state­ments. Pastier re­port­edly pushed the ju­ve­nile down in his bed­room while curs-

ing and telling him again to pack up. Af­ter re­peat­ing that he didn’t want to go, Pastier grabbed the boy’s left arm and be­gan strik­ing him in the face.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice report, the ju­ve­nile be­lieves Pastier punched him with a fist the first time be­fore sub­se­quently hit­ting him mul­ti­ple times with an open hand on the right side of his face. The vic­tim said he tried to punch Pastier back, prompt­ing him to re­port­edly punch the ju­ve­nile in the stom­ach and on his left leg as he fell to the ground. The vic­tim said Pastier then stran­gled him with one hand.

While in the vic­tim’s room, Pastier re­port­edly knocked over tro­phies and punched a hole in the wall. Pastier then tried to get the 9-year-old child to come with him, but the ju­ve­nile fled to a house up the street. Pastier re­port­edly told the vic­tim he was a dis­grace and dead to him be­fore grab­bing the youngest child and leav­ing, the doc­u­ments state. Costello ar­rived on scene to find the vic­tim’s cheek red and swollen, arm bruised and neck red.

The ju­ve­niles’ mother, Amanda Ali­cia Pastier, 35, later ar­rived on scene and gave her ac­count of the in­ci­dent for au­thor­i­ties, al­leg­ing Pastier also came to her job and took her ve­hi­cle from the park­ing lot. Amanda Pastier called her son, as she thought Michael Pastier might re­turn to the res­i­dence. The ju­ve­nile vic­tim said Michael Pastier was at the res­i­dence shortly be­fore he re­port­edly re­turned to her job drunk and threat­ened her. Michael Pastier at­tempted to leave with the youngest child, but Amanda Pastier tried to get him out of the ve­hi­cle in fear of his safety. At this time, Michael Pastier re­port­edly shoved her away from the ve­hi­cle and left with the child.

On Sept. 18, Pastier en­tered Al­ford pleas to both counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault. An Al­ford plea is when a de­fen­dant agrees the state has enough ev­i­dence for a con­vic­tion with­out mak­ing an ad­mis­sion of guilt. Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh, who’s pros­e­cut­ing the case, said the plea deal was of­fered on be­half of the vic­tims. Pastier is ten­ta­tively set for a Dec. 1 sen­tenc­ing.

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