Tschida arrested for violating orders for protection

Benjamin Anthony Tschida, 28, Little Falls, was charged Jan. 2, with one felony count of violating an order for protection and two felony counts of violating two or more orders for protection within 10 years of a previous conviction.

On Nov. 26, 2012, an order for protection was issued against Tschida for two years, beginning that day. He was served with the order Nov. 30, 2012, which stated he was to have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the person in question (the victim) or that person’s minor child. That would include in person, through other people, by telephone, e-mail or other electronic devices, social media or any other means. Tschida was also ordered to stay at least 500 feet from the person’s residence.

On Dec. 31, 2012, the Little Falls Police were told Tschida was at the residence of the victim. When the officers arrived, the victim said Tschida had been there but had left on foot. The victim allegedly showed the officers numerous texts sent from Tschida over the past 24 hours. He had also sent a picture of himself.

According to the criminal complaint, Tschida was later located and after he admitted he had been at the residence, he was arrested.

A check of Tschida’s criminal history revealed he was convicted of two counts of domestic assault Aug. 11, 2004; one count of misdemeanor violation of an order for protection Aug. 13, 2008;  one third degree felony assault April 2008; and one third degree felony assault Jan. 6, 2010.

If convicted, Tschida faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for each count.