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Sentencing delayed in battery case

While it will be three weeks before a Gardnerville man faces sentencing on a charge of second domestic battery, his 17-year-old victim was allowed to testify in the case on Wednesday.

Saying she didn't know why she stayed with him despite the abuse, she described the incident that prompted Robert Schwoerer's July 14 arrest.

"I'm doing this because I fear for the next girl," she said. "This attack against me was not the first act of violence, nor was it the most severe."

The girl read from a prepared statement describing the incident.

She said that when she tried to call for help, Schwoerer, 20, took away her cell phone, and when she tried to yell for help, he shoved a T-shirt into her mouth. She said he made her wash her face so no one could see her makeup had run.

Schwoerer faces up to six months in jail, a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service.

In exchange for his Aug. 22 guilty plea, a charge of false imprisonment was dismissed.

Schwoerer is free on his own recognizance.

He is forbidden to have contact with the victim or witnesses and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and violate no laws.

Schwoerer is also facing a burglary charge related to an Aug. 9 incident in which he's accused of reaching into a vehicle and snatching $50 from a woman's hand.

Defense attorney Kris Brown asked for an Oct. 3 hearing to decide on a global resolution to all the charges Schwoerer is facing.

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The Record Courier Updated Sep 15, 2012 02:39PM Published Sep 15, 2012 02:38PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.