Limington man accused of choking girlfriend facing domestic assault charge

Joseph Caroto
York County Jail
Joseph Caroto
Posted May 23, 2013, at 12:16 p.m.

LIMINGTON, Maine — A 911 hang-up led to multiple charges filed against a 37-year-old Limington man accused of assaulting his girlfriend, according to police.

York County sheriff’s deputies responding to the 911 call met with Joseph Caroto and a female caller on Tuesday. Caroto gave police a false name and date of birth, according to York County Chief Deputy William King. Both parties claimed the 911 call was a mistake and police left the scene.

The next day, the woman contacted the sheriff’s office and stated she had been assaulted by Caroto, and had called 911 for help, according to King. However, the woman felt too intimidated to tell deputies the truth when they arrived Tuesday.

When the woman contacted police Wednesday, she told deputies Caroto had choked her during an argument. Police learned Caroto had three outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines for operating after suspension.

Caroto was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with aggravated domestic violence assault, a Class C felony, along with the three warrants, and brought to York County Jail, King said. Caroto is being held without bail.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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