OC man held for court on simple assault charge

An Oil City man accused of assaulting a woman at a home on Spruce Street last week was held for court Wednesday.

Michael Gorman, 30, appeared before district judge Matthew Kirtland for the preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court.

A criminal complaint filed by Oil City police patrolman David Ragon said a woman interviewed at the police station on the morning of Sept. 8 claimed Gorman assaulted her earlier that day.

Gorman was with another girl and, when the woman entered the room where the other two were at, Gorman grabbed her by the neck and held her there until the other woman left, the complaint said.

Gorman also grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her down to bang her head off the floor multiple times, causing a contusion, the complaint said.

The woman was taken to UPMC Northwest for her injuries and then referred to the PPC shelter in Oil City for further assistance, the complaint said.

Gorman was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of terroristic threats, one misdemeanor count of simple assault and one count of harassment, but Gorman’s defense counsel attorney Matthew Parson said Wednesday the state withdrew the count of terroristic threats after presenting its evidence at the preliminary hearing.

The counts of simple assault and harassment will now be bound over for further proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas.

Court records also indicate Gorman was released from the Venango County jail Wednesday after his bail was modified to $10,000 unsecured.