Man charged with multiple attacks on girlfriend

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a La Crosse man with repeatedly beating his girlfriend over the last three months.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that 20-year-old Christian Bouquet was charged Thursday with 17 counts, including sexual assault, strangulation, battery and reckless endangerment.

According to a criminal complaint, Bouquet has been menacing his girlfriend since April. The woman told police she tried to break up with Bouquet on May 16 and he responded by hitting her in the face and trying to strangle her.

The woman was transported to a hospital two days later. She said she and Bouquet were in a vehicle when he accused her of lying and cheating on him. He hit her for an hour before she fled the vehicle, followed her into an alley and punched her again and then followed her home where he beat her some more.

She told police on June 28 that Bouquet had hit her in the head with a shoe the previous day, punched her in the stomach 30 times and pressed a gun to her head and said he was going to kill her.

A friend of the woman called police on June 30 and said Bouquet had repeatedly raped the woman. Bouquet was arrested that day. He claimed the sex was consensual and the woman had punched herself.