Dauterman gets 7 years in assault on girlfriend

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By BRIAN BOHNERT
SENIOR STAFF WRITER

The Fostoria man accused of beating his girlfriend and holding her captive inside his home back in March was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday.
Travis L. Dauterman, 28, 1635 N. Union St., was sentenced to seven years on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; two years on two separate counts of abduction, both third-degree felonies; and 120 days on one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley handed down the sentence Tuesday morning, ruling all prison terms must be served concurrently for a total term of seven years.
In addition to his prison sentence, Dauterman was ordered to pay the victim $6,987.46 in restitution. He was given credit for 182 days served in jail.
He is subject to five years of mandatory post-release control and he is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.
A Seneca County grand jury indicted Dauterman on the charges April 5 and he pleaded guilty July 20.
Dauterman was arrested by Fostoria police March 15 after beating his girlfriend for several hours inside his home until she was able to escape shortly after 6 a.m.
The victim was found by employees of a business in the 1600 block of North Union Street after one of them heard her cries for help.
“This is a prime example of how horrific domestic situations can be and how they can progress to such extreme levels of violence,” Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said Tuesday. “One of my officers stated this was probably one of the worst domestic assaults of a man against a woman he’s ever seen in his career.”
Officers responded to the scene at about 6:35 a.m. and, after a lengthy standoff during which the department’s Special Response Team almost intervened, took Dauterman into custody.
The victim, about 46 years old at the time, was initially transported to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, but the severity of her injuries required additional treatment at a Toledo trauma center.
Loreno said he and his officers are appreciative of the court’s sentencing.
“We would like to remind any individual that no type of violence is ever acceptable in this community,” he said. “Never hesitate to contact law enforcement for assistance. There are a lot of additional resources available in the community, too.”
One local resource is First Step, which has provided shelter and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence since 1980.
For more information on First Step and its services, call 419-435-7300. The crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-466-6228.

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