WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man faces a string of criminal charges that stemmed from a reported domestic assault last week.
According to court documents, a female reported that Kevin J. Gomez-Torrez, 21, had hit her on numerous occasions. The victim also reported being strangled by Gomez-Torrez. The officer reported observing bruises and scratches on the woman's body.
The complaint further alleges that Gomez-Torrez took the victim's mobile phone away to prevent her from calling authorities.
While being booked at the Nobles County Jail, jail staff allegedly discovered three baggies that contained marijuana, methamphetamine and an unknown substance.
Gomez-Torrez faces the following charges: domestic assault by strangulation and fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies; interference with a 911 call and introducing contraband into jail, both gross misdemeanors; two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault; and possession of a small amount of marijuana, a petty misdemeanor. The felony fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. The felony domestic assault by strangulation has a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine or both.
Gomez-Torrez's conditional bail was scheduled at $5,000; his unconditional $25,000. A court-ordered domestic abuse no contact order prohibits Gomez-Torrez from having contact with the victim.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org