Man pleads guilty to assaulting boy
10-year-old said he was punched, strangled
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.