Franklin Man Who Assaulted Woman During Domestic Altercation Sentenced to Probation

| February 27, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man who struck a woman during a domestic dispute last August was sentenced yesterday to probation.

Court documents indicate President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh sentenced 34-year-old Matthew Scott Crawford, of Franklin, to two years of probation on Tuesday, February 26.

According to court documents, Crawford pleaded guilty to the following charges on December 17, 2018, in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas:

  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
  • Disorderly Conduct – Unreasonable Noise, Misdemeanor 3

Crawford was ordered to 24 months probation on the Simple Assault charge.

He was also ordered to 12 months probation on the Disorderly Conduct charge to be served concurrently with the Simple Assault charge.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
  • Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
  • Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 24, 2018.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, Trooper Young, of PSP Franklin, was dispatched to a domestic dispute in progress at a residence on Cherry Lane in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

Upon his arrival, Trooper Young found the known female victim standing on the porch of the residence and Matthew Scott Crawford walking toward him in the yard of the residence.

The victim told Trooper Young that she and Crawford were involved in a verbal dispute when Crawford began poking her in the head and chest. She stated that during the poking, she slapped him in the face, he slapped her in the face, and then she slapped him a second time in return. She reported that Crawford then slapped her repeatedly, and she ran to the bathroom of the residence, according to the complaint.

The victim reported that while in the bathroom, Crawford entered and began choking her with one hand and said, “You’re going to sleep.”

The victim reported she felt light-headed, but Crawford let go before she passed out entirely.

According to the victim, Crawford snapped a kitchen knife in half and then left the residence.

The complaint notes that Trooper Young observed fresh marks on the victim’s neck and face and a fresh scratch on her forehead, as well as a broken knife in the kitchen.

Trooper Young also interviewed Crawford at the scene.

Crawford reported that he and the victim had a verbal dispute, and the victim slapped him in the face. He said they went into the bathroom, and the victim began hitting him multiple times with an open and closed fist, and he then put her in a headlock, the complaint states.

Crawford also stated that the victim threatened “to kill him with a knife, which he took from her and broke in half” before leaving the residence, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes that Trooper Young observed fresh scratch marks on Crawford’s face, neck, and chest.

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