PITTSFIELD - An ex-con already charged with hitting his girlfriend is being held without bail for allegedly trying to rape a woman while she slept.
Greg Meddaugh, 48, of Columbus Avenue, allegedly tried to rape a woman who was staying at the home of Meddaugh and his girlfriend, according to police and prosecutors.
After a long day and night of drinking on Wednesday, during which Meddaugh allegedly made "inappropriate sexual comments" toward the complaining witness, the woman and her boyfriend went to bed, the prosecutor said.
Some time later, the woman felt someone roughly parting her legs and when she woke up her pants were around her ankles, according to the prosecutor. Her boyfriend then punched Meddaugh, police said.
When Pittsfield Police officers arrived, they discovered a large amount of blood on the home's floors and found a blood- covered Meddaugh in bed. He was taken to the hospital and later picked up on an arrest warrant.
On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Meddaugh's attorney, Jill Sheldon, presented a different version of events. Sheldon said the complaining witness and her boyfriend were being noisy and when Meddaugh asked them to quiet down he was punched by the woman's boyfriend. Meddaugh went back to bed, but returned to the room in which the couple was staying to again ask them to be quiet. That's when the man savagely beat Meddaugh, breaking his jaw, and then told him they would frame him if he called police, according to Sheldon. She said her client's girlfriend would back up Meddaugh's side of the story.
The attorney said Meddaugh had been at Berkshire Medical Center for his wounds from Wednesday until Sunday and was never told he was being charged with any crimes. He found out when he was arrested by Pittsfield Police as he was leaving his home to return to the hospital for treatment for an infected wound.
She asked that Meddaugh be released on his own recognizance so he could go to the hospital.
According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Meddaugh has a long record that includes armed robbery and indecent assault and battery convictions. The prosecutor asked for $50,000 cash bail in the case.
They also requested Meddaugh's bail be revoked on another case, in which Meddaugh is facing charges of assault and battery on a disabled person for allegedly slapping his 52-year-old girlfriend across the face in front of two Pittsfield Police officers in September.
The officers had gone to the house after the woman called to ask them to help out an intoxicated Meddaugh. After being taken into custody, he allegedly told the officers, "I hit my old lady all the time. I love her."
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg on Monday ordered the defendant's bail revoked on the earlier case. He can be held for up to 60 days. The judge also placed $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail on the new charge.
He's due back in court on Jan. 3, but the case may end up in Berkshire Superior Court.
"It never happened," Meddaugh exclaimed as he was being led out of the room by court security.
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