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Attorneys, judge agree in DV case

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge OK’d an agreement this week that allows Bradley Cole, a 29-year-old Nashua man arrested Tuesday on domestic violence-related assault charges, to continue being around the alleged victim and their child – but he cannot live with them for the time being.

Cole, of 243 Main St., was also granted personal recognizance bail at the hearing, which took place after he waived formal arraignment on the charges.

They include one count each of second-degree assault – domestic violence, a Class B felony, and simple assault – domestic violence, a Class A misdemeanor.

He is accused of strangling the alleged victim and pushing her to the ground during an early-morning domestic incident, according to police.

They said members of the department’s Special Investigations Division furthered the investigation into the allegations, and a short time later took Cole into custody.

Initially, the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster, and Attorney Amanda Steenhuis, a public defender representing Cole at the bail hearing, considered agreeing to a no-contact order that would prohibit Cole from seeing or speaking with the woman – unless it had to do with their child.

The alleged victim, who was present for the hearing, addressed the court briefly.

She assured Temple she had no concerns for her safety around Cole, but she wanted the two to live apart for now.

Steenhuis indicated Cole was OK with the arrangement, telling Temple he will live with a family member for the time being.

The bail order also states that Cole undergo a mental health assessment within 90 days, and otherwise remain on good behavior.

He is next due in court on Nov. 7 for a review hearing.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.