Graham, NC - An Alamance County man faces nine charges after authorities say he assaulted a woman who had a domestic violence protection order against him.
Clayton Samuel Paul was arrested Sunday and charged with second degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana up to one half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, communicating threats and violation of a domestic violence protection order.
Authorities say he assaulted a woman so badly she needed to go to the hospital. They say he also fired a shotgun in close proximity to the victim and held her against her will for several hours.
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This is not the first time Paul has faced legal trouble. WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower requested his background check from the Alamance County Criminal Court and found it was 55 pages long. There were at least two charges on each page.
A spokesman with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office says Paul's victim had an active domestic violence protective order, also known as a 50(B), forbidding him from having contact with her.
Domestic Violence advocates say the order is a way to keep victims safe, but not the only way.
"You really do need to take a lot of steps. If you are concerned, about your safety as a domestic violence victim, reach out to someone who can help you and add as many layers of protection as you can," explained Shay Harger, Director, Victim Services, Family Services of the Piedmont.
Harger says a woman or male can file for a 50(B) at their county's civil court and have one granted the same day.
The person who the charge is filed against can have no contact with the victim but it's often up to the victim to alert law-enforcement if the order is violated.
"I do worry that today it doesn't have the teeth that it needs and I do think that this law would actually add more teeth in it," explained Representative Donny Lambeth, Forsyth County-R, North Carolina House of Representatives.
Representative Lambeth is sponsoring legislation that would allow judges to put GPS tracking devices on a person who has committed an act of domestic violence and who has a protective order against them.
"The victim would be alerted through a cell phone or some other notification as well as law enforcement, that this individual had gone through a zone that was alerting the victim that he was in trouble," explained Lambeth.
This legislation is called Allison's law in memory of Allison Holt Gaither.
Allison was murdered by her estranged husband murdered her in 2009, after she took out a 50(B) against him.
Guilford and Alamance County deputies told News 2 it would be impossible for them to check-in on every 50(B) because they just don't have the manpower.
Paul had his first court appearance Monday. He is still in jail and is being held under a $616,000 bond.