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P'burg man charged in brutal attack of girlfriend

Victim told police abuse occurred for months

EASTON, Pa. - A New Jersey man is facing assault charges in connection to a pair of brutal attacks against his girlfriend, who he’s also accused of locking in a closet.

Easton police charged Frank P. Hanuszak Jr., of Phillipsburg, with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and single counts of sexual assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and simple assault. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 36-year-old Friday, setting bail at $100,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

The victim contacted police in late May to report that Hanuszak had been physically and sexually assaulting her for months, according to court records. She alleged that he also threatened to kill her if she reported the attacks to anyone. Investigators said they observed new and old bruising on her face, arms, legs, back and pelvic area, according to records.

Along with repeatedly pushing, shoving and hitting her, the victim recounted two specific attacks that happened sometime after May 1 in her Easton apartment. Police said she had a difficult time providing specific dates, citing the frequency of the assaults.

She alleged that Hanuszak kicked her in the face during one attack and sexually assaulted her with a mop handle, smashed her cell phone and dumped beer on her during the second attack.

After one of the attacks, Hanuszak allegedly threw her in a closet for a “substantial amount of time” and sat outside her apartment door preventing her from leaving after the second attack, according to police.

Hanuszak had been in Warren County jail. Police filed charges against him in September, and he was arraigned upon his return to Pennsylvania last week. Hanuszak is now in Northampton County Prison awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 19 after failing to post bail.


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