ATHENS — A Greene County public defender was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felonies in relation to an alleged assault, state police said Thursday.

Anthony Pastel, 36, of Catskill, was arrested by state police following an investigation into a serious assault that occurred in the village of Athens, police said.

The victim, who was not identified, was transported by Catskill Ambulance to Albany Medical Center. The person is in stable condition with serious injuries, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.

Pastel was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation, both class D felonies, endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

“[Pastel] left the scene of the assault, the victim gave a description of the vehicle, Catskill police recognized the vehicle and Pastel was taken into custody,” Nevel said.

A child was present at the time of the alleged assault, Nevel said, but the child was not injured.

Pastel has been placed on administrative leave, Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said. Linger was unsure if the leave is paid.

Pastel previously worked for the Columbia County Public Defender’s Office. Pastel was arraigned before Catskill Town Justice William Jacobs and released on $250 cash bail. He is scheduled to return to the Village of Catskill Court Aug. 20.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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