JUNEAU – A 30-year-old Beaver Dam man appeared in court Monday for his initial hearing after allegedly injuring his 20-year-old girlfriend over the weekend.
Nicholas Clark is charged with a felony count of substantial battery and misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He could face up to 3 years and nine months in prison and $11,000 fine if convicted of both offenses.
Clark appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim. A $50,000 cash bond was set in the case. As conditions of the bond, Clark may not have contact or communication with the victim, her residence or her family. In addition, he may not have violent or abusive contact with anyone.
According to the criminal complaint, the 20-year-old woman’s uncle picked her up from a home in the 200 block of Haskell Street Saturday afternoon when he noticed that she had a black eye. The woman fled the scene with Clark, but they were later located at Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam. Clark allegedly told the woman, “tell them you gave me consent to hit you” while being patted down by police.
The woman had two black eyes, bruising on the left side of her torso, a cut above her left eye, a burn mark on top of her right wrist and a burn mark on her stomach. The woman was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital. Officers learned that she sustained a fractured cheekbone.
She filed a complaint against Clark for battery.
The woman told officers that the two had been dating for two months. They had been at the Grandview Hotel the night before and were arguing. According to the criminal complaint, she told officers that Clark had punched her in the eye, side of her head and stomach. He then took a screwdriver and heated it with a lighter and burned her right wrist and stomach. She said she told him to stop several times, but he would just stop and stare at her before beginning to punch her again. The woman said that Clark had abused her in the past.
The woman allegedly said that Clark controlled her and pressured her to give him money and a vehicle.
Clark has a preliminary hearing scheduled Aug. 15.