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Man charged with domestic violence has vulgar explanation for woman's injuries


WELLINGTON -- Police weren’t buying a Wellington man’s explanation of how his 20-year-old girlfriend was injured.

He said it was rough sex. She said it was abuse.

Police believed her and Matthew Hules, 23, was charged with domestic violence after the woman called police Friday.

She told police Hules came home drunk and attacked her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that morning. She couldn’t call police immediately, she told officers, because he took her phone.

She said he ripped her clothes off and held her to the bed so that she couldn’t leave, according to a police report. Police said she had marks on her inner biceps, throat and a red mark on her outer thigh, which she told police was from Hules biting her.

Hules came to the police station later that day and told police he was out at the bar with his friends and family to mourn the loss of his grandfather. He said he and his girlfriend fought after he called her an explicit word.

Hules told police the marks on the woman were made from him holding her away so that she wouldn’t hit him. The bite mark occurred during sex, he told police.

The case was forwarded to the prosecutor, who recommended the charges.

Hules pleaded not guilty in Oberlin Municipal Court, and a temporary protection order was issued to the alleged victim. A preliminary hearing was scheduled at 2 p.m. Oct. 3.

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