A Waupaca man faces criminal charges after injuring a woman outside a convenience store.
Nicholas R. Goulet, 33, Waupaca, is charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse, felony marijuana possession and obstructing an officer.
He has been charged as a repeat offender due to prior convictions for victim intimidation, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, a 27-year-old woman was inside the Kwik Trip on Fulton Street in Waupaca while her young daughters waited outside.
She then noticed that Goulet, who is also the father of one of them, was with the girls and holding them in his arms.
Last year, this same woman accused Goulet of hiding in the trunk of her car, then absconding with her children after the couple had an argument. The children were ages 5 and 2 at the time.
He was subsequently convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance with juvenile passengers, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. He was placed on two years of probation, ordered to pay $1,900 in restitution and court costs and undergo drug therapy. His license was revoked for one year.
In a separate criminal case, the court prohibited Goulet in March from having any contact with the woman.
The woman confronted Goulet and told him he was not allowed to contact his daughter.
According to the criminal complaint, the two began yelling at each other, the youngest girl began crying, and the woman tried to pull the girl away from Goulet.
The woman told Waupaca Police Officer Brent Wittman that Goulet headbutted her, then put down the girl and got into a car driven by his girlfriend.
The woman was subsequently transported to ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca where she received 12 stitches in her forehead.
A short time later, Waupaca County Deputy Bill Zeamer stopped the vehicle Goulet was in on School Street, near Chain O’ Lakes Chiropractic.
His canine alerted to the presence of drugs, and Zeamer reported finding pot and a glass pipe. Goulet was taken into custody.
Goulet told Wittman he had not seen his daughters in four months. When he saw them outside Kwik Trip, he walked over to talk to them. He said he was holding them when the mother came out of the store and tried to take them away.
He accused the woman of grabbing his groin and, because he had the children in both his arms, Goulet responded by headbutting her, the complaint says.