WARREN, Maine — A 25-year-old Waldoboro man with a previous domestic assault conviction was back behind bars Monday after being accused of assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her.

Thomas A. Gaudette Jr. was arrested Friday morning and charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and obstructing the report of a crime. He made his initial appearance Monday in Knox County Unified Court where bail was set at $1,000 cash and he was required to enter into a Maine Pretrial contract.

According to an affidavit filed in court by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arthur Smith, the victim reported that as she was driving to Gaudette’s mother’s house to drop off a child, Gaudette had been texting her and asking for a ride. When she texted that she could not give him a ride, he allegedly sent profanity-laden texts.

Then, when she arrived at his mother’s house, Gaudette came out and approached her aggressively, according to the affidavit. He grabbed her by the shirt and pushed her against the car, leaving a visible scratch on her chest, according to the affidavit. He later spit on her, according to police.

The assault charge was elevated to felony level because Gaudette had a 2009 domestic assault conviction in Knox County.

Gaudette denied he assaulted the woman and claimed she closed a car door on his hand, according to the affidavit. The Bangor Daily News is not naming the woman because she was not charged with a crime and is considered a victim.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 1-866-834-4357, TRS 1-800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.