Alleged Oak Harbor face biter faces charge
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
January 29, 2013 · 3:27 PM
A 38-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing a felony charge for taking a bite out of his girlfriend’s face, court documents indicate.
Prosecutors charged Clayton A. Hall in Island County Superior Court with assault in the second degree, a domestic violence crime. He could face from three to nine months in prison if convicted of the charge.
Oak Harbor police officers responded to the report of domestic violence just four minutes into New Year’s Day at a home on NW Crosby Avenue. The officers encountered a woman with a bloody bandage on her face.
The woman said she and Hall had been drinking that night. Hall went to sleep for about an hour, then woke up very angry and started yelling; his daughter was so scared that she ran to a neighbor’s home, court records state.
The alleged victim said Hall head-butted her in the back of the head and then bit her in the face. The officer wrote that the woman had a dime-sized hole, about an eighth of an inch deep, on her right cheek.
Another officer noticed that the victim also had numerous bite marks on her forearms and hands.
Court documents indicate that the woman has recanted her allegations. She wrote a motion to rescind the domestic violence no-contact order that bars Hall from contacting her. She noted that life was more difficult without him because he’s not there to help pay for rent and other expenses.
The alleged victim claimed that the biting incident was a “sheer accident.”
“I woke him up out of (what I believe) must have been a terrible nightmare,” she wrote. “As a ‘reflex’ he bite (sic) me. Period.”
Court documents state that he was convicted of fourth-degree assault, a domestic violence crime, in December in a Bellingham case.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.