A Yarmouth man has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly choked a woman in Newcastle.
Scott McCatherin, 50, of Yarmouth was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 20 and given the enhanced assault charge.
According to court documents, McCatherin arrived at a house on King's Highway in Newcastle for dinner, and began to call the woman names. The woman reportedly slapped McCatherin in the face and told him to leave.
After the slap, McCatherin is alleged to have grabbed the woman by the throat and strangled her, at one point allegedly throwing her to the floor. Shortly after this incident is alleged to have happened, McCatherin left and sheriff's deputy Jared Mitkus arrived.
Mitkus claimed that he attempted to call McCatherin but was unable to reach him. McCatherin is alleged to have called the victim at some point to see how she was doing; the victim handed the phone to Mitkus, who then spoke with McCatherin, who agreed to meet with the deputy.
After being read his Miranda rights, McCatherin is alleged to have denied choking the woman, shortly after he was placed under arrest.
He will have a superior court date Thursday, Oct. 30 in Wiscasset.
McCatherin was originally held on a $5,000 cash bail, but it was changed to a $50,000 surety bond on Sept. 22. As part of his bond agreement, he is ordered to not have any contact with the victim.
If convicted, McCatherin could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine, as aggravated assault is classified as a Class B crime.