Jefferson man arrested for punching out girlfriend’s teeth

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Anthony James Peterson, 31, of Jefferson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness and willful injury causing serious injury.


A Jefferson man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly assaulting and seriously injuring his girlfriend.

Anthony James Peterson, 31, of 607 W. State St., Jefferson, was charged with first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness and willful injury causing serious injury.

The incident started about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of W. State Street, where an officer of the Jefferson Police Department responded to a report of an assault.

The officer made contact with the female victim and a witness, who both told the officer that Peterson allegedly “had punched the female,” according to court records.

The officer observed on the victim “facial injuries, including broken teeth and blood coming from her mouth,” and “a scratch approximately three to four inches long on her right shoulder as well as scrapes on her right knee,” according to court records.

Peterson left the residence prior to the officer’s arrival but was located and arrested.

Peterson was held in the Greene County Jail prior to posting an $11,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 7 in Greene County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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