A Billings man made an initial court appearance Monday on a charge that he assaulted his girlfriend in April, just days after being sentenced for assaulting the same woman.
Aaron Leo Ludwig, 23, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a $30,000 warrant. He is charged with felony partner or family member assault and a misdemeanor count of criminal destruction of or tampering with communications device.
According to charging documents, police arrested Ludwig April 11 after responding to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Jackson Street.
Officers spoke with a woman identified as Ludwig’s girlfriend. The woman told police that she and Ludwig had gotten into a fight and that he had hit her on the back of the head while she was holding their 13-month-old child.
She also told police that when she called 911 to report the assault Ludwig broke her phone and two cordless phones in the house.
Ludwig denied hitting the woman.
According to prosecutors, Ludwig was sentenced April 4 on a misdemeanor assault charge for attacking the same woman last June. He was also sentenced on a felony drug charge in a separate case for a package of about two pounds of marijuana he received through Federal Express.
Court records indicate he was also sentenced in February 2011 for a misdemeanor domestic assault.
Ludwig is a “real and legitimate threat” to the community, said Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ben Halverson.
Judge David A. Carter set Ludwig’s bond at $30,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court on May 23.