Police: Man accused of choking stepson, striking wife in face

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Justin Scott Fawber

A Newberry Township man is facing multiple charges after being accused of choking his 14-year-old stepson and striking his wife in the face, according to charging documents.

Justin Scott Fawber, 31, of the 100 block of Hill Drive, is facing a felony count of strangulation, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, a misdemeanor count of child endangerment and a summary count of harassment.

Fawber was arrested Tuesday and posted $10,000 unsecured bail, which means he didn't have to post any money to remain free, but he could forfeit that amount if he misses court proceedings.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2 before District Judge Scott Gross.

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Newberry Township Police were dispatched to a physical domestic incident at Fawber’s house about 7:20 p.m. on July 18, according to court documents.

Fawber’s wife told police her husband had choked her 14-year-old son and struck her in the face. She declined treatment and said her husband left on foot, running into the woods across from their home.

Fawber’s son and wife both told police the teenager was making food in the kitchen when his stepfather grabbed his right nipple, pinched it and twisted it, causing redness in the area.

The teen said the incident made him angry and he went to his bedroom and slammed the door. Fawber’s wife told police the defendant ran back toward the bedroom and grabbed his stepson by the throat, impeding his breathing, police said.

Fawber also lifted the teen off the ground and pushed him against a wall before throwing him on the bed as his wife yelled at him to let the boy go, documents state. 

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