East Middlebury man charged in assault on woman

EAST MIDDLEBURY — Leo F. Hotte Jr., 46, of East Middlebury pleaded innocent at the Addison County Courthouse on Monday to four misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic assault that occurred on July 4.
Hotte is charged with two counts of domestic assault, one count of unlawful mischief and one count of interfering with access to emergency services in connection with the incident, allegedly occurring at an East Middlebury home. Middlebury police allege through court records that Hotte had an argument with a woman, whom he struck in the throat, according to court records. Hotte then allegedly struck the woman’s son on his right cheek when he confronted him about the incident, according to Middlebury police. Hotte is also accused of tossing away the woman’s cell phone when she attempted to report the incident to police, and cutting the valve stem to the front left tire of her car to flatten it, according to court records.
Hotte’s criminal record includes past charges of driving under the influence (multiple), driving with a suspended license (multiple), resisting arrest, attempting to elude a police officer, and unlawful mischief.

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