Repeat Domestic Abuse Lands Return Trip to Jail
By Brandi Makuski
A Plover man faces up to 30 years behind bars after being arrested for repeat domestic abuse.
Cody Oler, 33, was arrested from a parking lot on July 8 after four police officers responded to a reported physical altercation outside a bar on Church Street.
According to the criminal complaint, Oler attacked his ex-girlfriend as she attempted to leave. At least one witness saw the incident, and heard the woman scream.
When questioned, Oler said he was attempting to stop the woman from leaving because he believed she was too intoxicated to drive. The woman told police Oler was at her home earlier in the day without her consent, and followed her to the bar.
Oler physically attacked the women as she sat behind the wheel, pushing against her throat and collarbone, also preventing her from leaving the vehicle.
“She tried to yell for help…but was unable to do that due to the force he was using on her vocal cords and throat,” the complaint reads in part.
Officers noted fresh marks on the woman’s neck consistent with her statement, the complaint said. After conducting a breathalyzer test on the woman, police determined she had not consumed any alcohol.
The woman told police she ended her relationship with Oler in February, but that he was a “very jealous and possessive person” and he had called her cell phone as many as 63 times in a single day, also reportedly harassing her at her place of employment.
During the attack Oler also took the woman’s cell phone from her. It was later found in his pocket when he was arrested.
Oler has been convicted at least twice since 2015 on charges relating to domestic abuse and battery involving the same woman. He was reportedly on probation for one of those past offenses at the time of the July incident, and had been ordered by a judge to not have contact with the woman.
Current charges against Oler include stalking, resulting in bodily harm, strangulation and suffocation and false imprisonment. All the charges have been given a repeat offender enhancer, meaning any additional two years of imprisonment can be added to any sentence Oler receives if convicted.
Oler was released on a $2,500 signature bond by Portage Co. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Eagon. He returns to court Sept. 18.