June 28, 2016

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Boyfriend pleads no contest to kicking 7-year-old boy

MEDINA — A Medina man who police said kicked his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son in the face pleaded no contest Friday to a domestic violence charge in Medina Municipal Court.

Kristopher Fetterman, 32, of 248 S. Huntington St., originally pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and two other charges. In exchange for his plea, charges of endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor, and threatening domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, were dropped.

A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment the facts in a case are true.

Visiting Judge Michael Laribee said the domestic violence charge is a first-degree misdemeanor that could carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Laribee said the court would sentence Fetterman in about 45 days.

Fetterman was arrested Feb. 27 after police said he kicked the boy in the face and left a shoeprint.

Medina police Detective Amy Kerr said the incident happened before the boy left for school in the morning.

“There was no reason given,” she said. “He was frustrated and responded highly inappropriately when he was trying to talk to the boy.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.