Port Angeles man arrested for attempted strangulation

Judge issues two no-contact orders to protect victims

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man accused of attempting to strangle a minor will be back in Clallam County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on June 2 to enter a plea.

William D. Stroup, 44, of Port Angeles faces one count of second-degree assault—strangulation with special allegation—domestic violence.

It is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Stroup appeared in court Tuesday. Two non-contact orders also were entered to protect the victims.

The state had requested $75,000 bail. Judge Simon Barnhart reduced it to $50,000, but he restored it to $75,000 after Stroup became verbally abusive. Stroup later made bail and was released.

According to the arrest report included in the court documents, a Port Angeles police officer was dispatched to a Child Protective Services referral on May 18. The officer interviewed the subject of the referral, and the victim described being choked along with a second victim.

On May 19, the victim was evaluated for a neck injury at Olympic Medical Center and was determined to have “soft tissue injury of the neck.”

Stroup was arrested at his workplace on Monday.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@ soundpublishing.com.

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