Man arrested for alleged assault on 9-year-old girl
WOONSOCKET – A city man is free on bail after being arraigned on charges of abusing a 9-year-old girl by forcibly throwing her into a shower while she was fully clothed, causing her to slam her foot against a metal fixture.
Police said they arrested Robert M. Lescault on Nov. 8 after the victim arrived at Citizens Memorial School “limping and crying,” according to police. She was taken to Landmark Medical Center, where doctors concluded she suffered a contusion and swelling, but no broken bones.
Lescault, 38, of Burnside Avenue, has a record of assault that dates back more than a decade and was described by the victim’s mother – his girlfriend – as someone who has problems managing his anger, according to a police report.
Last Wednesday morning, police said, the girl’s mother was at work and Lescault was supposed to take the girl to school. Lescault insisted the girl take a shower first, even though she protest- ed that she didn’t need to because she’d taken one already, before going to bed.
“The two got into an argument and ultimately Robert picked her up off the ground and threw her into the tub,” Patrolman Daniel M. Lajoie said. “(The victim) was still wearing all of her clothing when she was tossed into the tub. She struck the top of her right foot on the water pipe near the shower’s mixing valve which caused instant pain.”
The girl told police that after she was in the tub, Robert hurled bottles of shampoo and conditioner at her. One of the bottles fell on the foot where a swollen contusion was forming where she’d struck the pipe.
The girl told police Lescault had mistreated her multiple times in the past.
“She said he often pulls her around the house by her hair when he is trying to discipline her,” Lajoie said.
When the girl’s mother met with the police at Landmark, she was visibly upset by the news that Lescault allegedly assaulted her daughter but didn’t appear to have been surprised, police said.
She said Lescault has “anger management” issues and, as one officer put it, her daughter and Lescault “continuously fight.” The woman told police she has told Lescault to keep his hands off her daughter in the past and she has been trying to break off her relationship with him but “he doesn’t leave.”
After his arraignment in Sixth District Court, Lescault was released pending a pre-arraignment conference on Feb. 8. Among the conditions of his bail is that he have no contact with the minor victim.
Lescault has been charged with assault at least four times in the past, according to the judiciary’s website. Three of those incidents were domestic assaults, one of which – the last in the series – was charged as a felony.
Robert M. Lescault