A Louisville man who was placed on probation Tuesday for domestic assault was rearrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault the next day for reportedly attempting to strangle his girlfriend during an argument.

Steven Ray Cantu, 24, Manor Way, was taken into custody Sept. 11 after the 19-year-old woman told Blount County Sheriff’s deputies he had attacked her the previous day after they returned from a Blount County General Sessions Court hearing.

Court records show Cantu was arrested July 25 for violation of probation and two counts of domestic assault, but had been placed back on probation.

One of the charges also was dropped in exchange for paying court costs.

The woman said when they returned home, Cantu accused her of cheating on him before he got on top of her, placed his knees on her shoulders, and grabbed her by the chin and upper throat.

She described him as trying to strangle her, according to reports, before hitting her in the face and biting her behind an ear after he got off of her. She never lost consciousness, deputies said.

Cantu also faces a new probation violation charge.

He was being held without bond on the contempt charge pending hearings at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9 a.m. Sept. 19 in Blount County General Sessions Court; bond was set at $100,000 for the assault charge.

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