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Man accused of multiple assaults against woman

A Callaway man, recently released from jail, is accused of multiple assaults over a several-day period on a live-in girlfriend.

Paul Arthur Wichmann, 43, of 114 Wisconsin St., Callaway has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree burglary -- assault, and felony domestic assault.

According to court records:

On Nov. 26, tribal police officers were called to a Callaway residence on a report of a domestic assault. The homeowner told them that another woman had come to her residence about 11 a.m. that day to escape constant assaults by Wichmann.

Throughout the day, Wichmann called the victim on her cell phone, and finally about 4 p.m. he allegedly went to the homeowner's house, kicked open a locked door, dragged out the victim, and punched her in the face.

The victim told officers that she had been in a relationship with Wichmann for 16 months and they had lived together in Callaway since July.

He got out of the Clay County Jail on Nov. 20, and allegedly begin to assault her the next day and continued to assault her on multiple occasions for the next five days.

An officer observed multiple bruises on her body, including on her face, chest, arms and legs.

The assaults were allegedly for things like her failing to wake him up early enough one day.

Wichmann allegedly would not let the victim go to a doctor's appointment at one point during that period because he didn't want anyone to see the bruises.

He has two prior assault convictions in North Dakota, in 1999 and 2000.

He appeared Monday before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set cash bail at $4,000 or bond at $20,000.

The victim requested that contact be allowed, but Irvine denied that request and signed a no contact order to keep the defendant away from her.

His next court appearance is Monday.