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Man arrested on domestic abuse-related charges

WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man faces one count of domestic abuse for violating a no-contact order, one count of domestic assault and one count of contempt of court due to willful disobedience to a court mandate. 

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Earnest Lee Anderson, 40, faces these charges after the Worthington Police Department responded to a report that Anderson allegedly violated a domestic abuse no-contact order at 2:37 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Eighth Avenue.

When police arrived at the scene, they spoke with the reporting party, who allegedly told officials that her ex-husband, Anderson, had pulled her hair, bit her and scratched her across the chest. She also said he ran from the house when she told him she was calling the police.

According to court documents, officers noticed the victim’s chest, arms and face were red and saw a long red scratch across the left side of her chest, which was approximately four inches long and blood was in the center of the scratch. Officers also noticed several other scratches, approximately two inches long, on the back of her shoulder.

The victim allegedly told police that she and her ex-husband were currently living together and had resumed their relationship.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim gave a brief statement to officers saying that while she was sleeping upstairs, she had told Anderson to turn off the television. That was when he allegedly pushed her out of bed and grabbed her hair. When she said she was leaving, Anderson allegedly grabbed her hair, pushed her on the bed and bit her mouth. She then grabbed her phone and ran to call 911.

Officers canvassed the area that morning, but were unable to locate Anderson.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday, officers were called to the Prairie Justice Center to speak with Anderson, who voluntarily turned himself in when he heard police were looking for him.

According to court documents, Anderson told police he has a separation order with the victim, and that he was not there over the weekend because he was working. Anderson also claimed the victim has previously hit herself and called the police.

Anderson already has domestic assault, contempt of court and interference with a 911 call charges pending against him, stemming from a July 25 incident in Nobles County.

Anderson also has a prior conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and a prior domestic violence-related conviction dating back to 2006 in Chippewa County.

Anderson is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the new charges later this month.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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