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A Columbus man police say physically assaulted more than one person had sentencing and status hearing dates set Monday morning in Platte County Court.

Seth D. Long, 35, is scheduled to appear before Judge Frank Skorupa at 8:30 a.m. on March 20 for sentencing after pleading no contest and being found guilty of attempt of a Class I misdemeanor. The charge was amended from domestic assault that intentionally caused injury to an intimate partner, a Class I misdemeanor. Under state law, a Class I misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of spending a year in prison, paying a $1,000 fine or both.

Also scheduled for 8:30 a.m. is a status hearing regarding a second felony case Long faces that alleges he committed child abuse that caused neglect/injury, a Class IIIA felony. That penalty carries the weight of a maximum three years in prison, a $10,000 fine and 18 months of post-release supervision.

On Jan. 1, 2018, an officer with the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of Sixth Street in reference to a domestic assault. The victim told police a breakup had occurred that evening at her residence and a dispute happened when the defendant wanted to get property out of a spare bedroom being occupied by a cat, court records show. When the victim wouldn’t let him in, court records show a physical altercation took place, which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries to the left side of her face.

Police were subsequently able to talk to a witness who corroborated the story, court records show. Police also noted that the victim reported damage to a hallway wall, mirror, sitting bench and shower curtain rings.

While talking with Long, court records show he told police that he and the victim were both pushing each other and that he wasn’t injured, but wouldn’t be surprised if he was.

In October 2018, the defendant once again attracted police attention after an officer with the CPD received notification from the child abuse/neglect hotline that a juvenile child had a bruise on the side of his or her face that was a result of an altercation with the defendant, court records show.

The incident allegedly happened Oct. 9 and the child didn’t attend school for two days after, court records show.

Contact was subsequently made with the child and the juvenile told police that Long chased him or her into a bedroom and smacked his or her bottom several times before striking the child across the face, according to court records.

“(The child) stated that (he or she) does not remember what happened right after the strike to the head because (his or her) vision went white then black, and shortly after (the child) woke up,” Patrol Officer Lauren M. Polak stated in her written warrantless affidavit.

The victim told Polak that he or she was advised to not attend school the following day because Long didn’t want the child getting in trouble if anyone saw the face markings.

Contact was made with another person who witnessed the alleged assault and corroborated the child's story.

The officer subsequently made contact with Long, who court records show waived his Miranda Rights and spoke with officers. Court records show he acknowledged striking the child on the rear but didn’t recall striking him or her on the face.

The affidavit says the defendant’s story was inconsistent with the child’s and that he added that the injury could have happened from the child striking his or her face on a wooden drawing box located beside the juvenile’s bed. The defendant was subsequently placed under arrest.

In other county court news:

*Alejandro J. Valadez, 30, of Columbus, is scheduled to appear before Skorupa at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 after being accused of second-degree domestic assault, a Class IIIA felony. Court records show the alleged victim was hit in the eye, grabbed by the throat and sustained abrasions and scratches on her knees and upper back as a result of the alleged assault.

*Yovan Vazquez-Estevez, 45, of Hastings, is scheduled to appear for an 8:30 a.m. status hearing on Feb. 11 after being charged with shoplifting in the amount of $0-$500 third offense, a Class IV felony. The offense carries a maximum penalty of spending two years in prison, paying a $10,000 fine and serving 12 months of post-release supervision.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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