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When Love Goes Wrong. Public Defender’s Affair With Client Leads to Violence, Arrest.

Public defender Michele L. Carter, 55, represented Dion E. Thompson, 35, in New Britain for a couple of years beginning in 2010 when he was convicted of  violating a protective order, failure to appear, and violating probation. The two became romantically involved late last year. By Christmas, Thompson had moved into Carter’s South Windsor home, according to a January 8th arrest warrant for Thompson.

On January 5th, the warrant alleges, Thompson yelled at Carter, accusing “her of looking at other men.” Thompson, the warrant states, restrained Carter and “then slapped her multiple times across her face and mouth as he continued to yell at her. Thompson stopped his attack after he noticed her bleeding and he had been apologetic towards her since the incident.”

Carter told police that Thompson had slapper her several times before the January 5th incident. Police took photos of the injuries Carter is alleged to have suffered on January 5th.

The warrant was submitted to a Superior Court judge by a Hartford state’s attorney and signed on January 8th. Thompson was arrested on the 8th by South Windsor police, while he was in the company of Carter. Thompson has an eventful history of convictions in Connecticut and Colorado, including a 6 month prison sentence imposed in Manchester in 2012 for interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.

Bail for the latest charges–breach of peace, third degree assault, and unlawful restraint–was set at $75,000. Thompson was due to be arraigned on Wednesday.