Man ar­rested for al­leged as­sault on 9-year-old girl

Woonsocket Call - - Blackstone Valley - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­ Fol­low Russ Olivo on Twit­ter @rus­so­livo

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

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