FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Conneaut School District’s business manager was arrested following an alleged domestic assault in which he repeatedly pushed his girlfriend, chased her around the house and choked her neck, according to the criminal complaint filed by police in the case.
Gregory Scott Mayle, 28, of Erie was arraigned Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino. Mayle has been employed by Conneaut since 2015, according to Superintendent Jarrin Sperry.
Sperry learned of the arrest Saturday evening, he said.
“I don’t really know much more than you,” Sperry said. “There are charges, obviously, but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty. We don’t know yet what’s going to happen.”
Mayle was still employed by the district as of Tuesday, Sperry added.
“He hasn’t come back yet, but he isn’t suspended,” he said. “At this time we have to see how it plays out in the court system.”
Pennsylvania State Police responded to 21586 Route 285 at 1:50 a.m. Saturday after the child of the alleged victim called 911, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Mayle had stayed at the home about three miles west of Cochranton with the child and Mayle's own child while the alleged victim went out for the evening, according to police.
When the alleged victim returned, Mayle became upset, pushing her against a wall several times and then chasing her, according to the affidavit. He also put his hands around her neck and choked her, according to police, prompting the woman's child to call 911. The child also said Mayle had hit the woman, according to police.
Mayle departed the scene with his child before police arrived.
Mayle faces a felony charge of strangulation — applying pressure to the throat or neck, a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment. Following the arraignment, he was sent to Crawford County jail, according to court records.
He has since been released after meeting the $15,000 monetary bond, according to online records.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols on March 8.
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