ROCKLAND, Maine — A South Thomaston man is back behind bars after he was arrested twice within a span of eight hours, the second time for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday afternoon at $30,000 cash for Anthony M. Kaler on charges of attempted gross sexual assault, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody requested the high bail, citing the severity of the crimes Kaler, 42, was accused of committing.

Baroody said Kaler assaulted the victim methodically over a long period of time on Thursday night in Rockland. The affidavit filed in Knox County Unified Court by Rockland police states that Kaler ripped off the woman’s clothes and struck her, which left injuries to her face and thighs.

The woman eventually was able to fight him off and Kaler left, Rockland Deputy Police Chief Christopher Young said Monday.

The woman contacted police the next day and reported that Kaler, whom she knew, had come to her apartment and then begun the attack.

Young said it is not uncommon for victims to delay reporting a sexual assault.

Kaler was arrested in that case on Friday night by Rockland police.

He had been arrested in a separate incident earlier Friday in South Thomaston by police from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockland and Thomaston police department.

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said there was a domestic call to a South Thomaston residence shortly after 2:30 a.m., which led to Kaler being charged with criminal threatening, aggravated criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest and assault on an officer.

Dennison said furniture was broken and there was damage to the walls of that residence.

Rockland and Thomaston police showed up because of the length of time that it would have taken for the deputy to arrive.

Thomaston police Officer Chris Hast was assaulted by Kaler while trying to subdue him, the sheriff said.

Kaler was released on $250 bail later that day.