Man denies breaking in, assaulting ex-girlfriend
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
September 1, 2009 · 3:45 PM
A 55-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house to assault her, court documents indicate.
Prosecutors charged Paul Ducken in Island County Superior Court Aug. 12 with first-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief. Both are filed as domestic-violence related charges.
Ducken pleaded not guilty Aug. 24.
Oak Harbor Police Officer Jennifer Porter investigated the case after the alleged victim went to a hospital ER in early August. The 38-year-old Oak Harbor woman claimed Ducken, her ex-boyfriend, came to her apartment and attacked her because he was upset that she didn’t want to get married, Porter wrote.
The woman claimed that Ducken threw her to the ground, kicked and punched her and tried to smother her with a pillow, the report states.
Ducken denied wrongdoing and suggested that the woman made the claim out of revenge, the report indicates.
If convicted of the charges against him, Ducken could face from a year and three months to a year and eight months in prison under the standard sentencing range.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.