The Daily Star — A Maryland town man has been arrested on a felony attempted assault for allegedly injuring a child.
Matthew Anthony Ouimet, 36, was charged Monday, Aug. 20, with second-degree attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanors, Otsego County deputies said in a media release issued Friday.
Ouimet was arrested after an investigation by deputies’ Criminal Investigation Division and the Otsego County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit after an incident was reported earlier this month.
Ouimet was accused of causing minor bruises to a 6-year-old child with a leather belt, deputies said, and the investigation also revealed that Ouimet, a convicted felon, possessed several long guns.
Ouimet was released pending appearance in Maryland Town Court on Sept. 4, deputies said, and an order of protection was issued for the victim.
Ouimet faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, deputies said.
The Opportunities for Otsego Violence Intervention Program was also involved in the case, which is being prosecuted by Marvin D. Parshall Jr., assistant district attorney.