Florida man held on $1,500 bail after denying charges of assaulting Northampton woman

Last modified: Monday, June 02, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florida man was ordered held on $1,500 bail Tuesday after denying charges he assaulted a Northampton woman Sunday night.

Kurt Holley, 44, of Gainesville, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery and assault to rape.

His bail was set by Judge Jacklyn Connly. If Holley is released, he must stay away from and have no contact with the victim, according to court files.

According to police and court reports, officers responded to a Pleasant Street apartment about 8:02 p.m. for the report of an assault.

The victim told police she and Holley — who lives in Florida, but comes to Northampton often to visit — had been arguing and she destroyed some of his personal papers and computer equipment after discovering infidelity in their relationship.

According to court files, when Holley returned to the apartment and saw the damaged items he allegedly pushed the victim into a sink, grabbed her by the throat, dragged her to a bedroom, dug his thumbs into her eye sockets, and punched her several times in the face with his hand wrapped around her throat.

Holley also allegedly threw the victim onto a bed, forcefully spread her legs apart and tried to sexually assault her with his right fist, according to court records.

The victim managed to kick Holley off of her and call 911, according to police.

Holley was found outside the apartment building, interviewed and arrested, according to court papers.

Holley is due back in court on June 27 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.


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