I think everyone is aware of Justin’s arrest for Domestic Violence Assault on 7/6/13.
The father of missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds was arrested on an unrelated domestic violence assault charge July 6, police said.
Justin DiPietro, 26, was arrested after a Portland police lieutenant saw DiPietro grab and push his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Courtney Roberts on Spring Street near the Holiday Inn By The Bay at 11:15 p.m., according to court papers. The woman was not injured, police said.
On Dec. 17, 2011, DiPietro reported his daughter Ayla, who was 2 years old at the time, missing and state police launched what they described as the biggest investigation in Maine’s history. The case remains active and open, but there are no new developments in her disappearance, said Steven McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
No one has been charged with a crime in connection with Ayla’s disappearance, and police have not named any suspects.
Police have said publicly they believe the child is dead, and they also believe the three adults who were at the home the night before Ayla was reported missing have not been forthcoming with all the information they might have. Those three people included Justin DiPietro, his sister Elisha DiPietro and Roberts.
“Nothing happened. I was just walking down the street, one foot in front of the other, like a normal person,” DiPietro said of the assault allegations when reached by phone at his Waterville home on Monday.
We also learned that Justin wasn’t supposed to have contact with Courtney.
Court records show DiPietro was ordered after his arrest to have no contact with Roberts as a condition of bail.
Courtney wouldn’t speak to reporters about what happened but according to Katie at J4A:
*:*Katie*:*July 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM
I’ve heard Courtney’s side of the story. She contends that Justin did NOT strike her, it was NOT assault, and that it’s unfortunate a police officer saw it that way. She stated that they were trying to talk through things, and it got heated and they both made mistakes. She told me it’s hard when you love someone but your lives are just going in different directions in the moment. Can anyone blame her for that? I certainly cannot. Now, if Courtney has lied to me, we will see. But I think by now I could take what she says to me at face value, as it has all been proven to be truth along the way.
As it turned out, the charges were dropped.
Justin DiPietro on Wednesday pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four days in jail for violating conditions of his release in connection with his July arrest for allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend in Portland. Prosecutors dropped the assault charge itself, telling the judge that the ex-girlfriend was uncooperative.
When I read that Courtney was uncooperative, I assumed she wouldn’t testify against Justin but according to this article Courtney changed her story.
DiPietro also faced a charge of assault related to the incident in July with Roberts, but that charge was dropped Wednesday because Roberts had changed her story since filing a complaint.
It also says, “Roberts had changed her story since filing a complaint”. Does this mean that originally Courtney had filed a complaint?
If so why file a complaint over a heated discussion?
Did this have anything to do with Ayla’s disappearance?
A state police spokesman said Thursday the assault charge is “completely unrelated” to the police probe into what happened to Ayla, which authorities have called the biggest criminal investigation in the state’s history.
Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said that Maine State Police have not made contact with Dipietro and state police had nothing to do with the case involving DiPietro’s assault charge in Portland on July 6, when he allegedly grabbed and pushed former girlfriend Courtney Roberts while the two were arguing.
The way I read it, the charge has nothing to do with MSP’s investigation in Ayla’s case but that doesn’t mean the heated discussion had nothing to do with it. There was speculation that Courtney had come forward and Justin found out. There was speculation that Courtney was wired. There was also speculation that Justin had come forward with information and he was wired.
After it was learned that the charges were dropped because Courtney wouldn’t cooperate, many speculated that she did so because she felt threatened by Justin. Others speculated that Justin may have threatened to come forward with information about Courtney and her possible involvement in Ayla’s disappearance, if she didn’t drop the charges.
This may have been nothing more than an attempt to reconcile their relationship or at least to end things peacefully before their emotions got out of control. Or it could have something to do with the night Ayla went missing since Justin and Courtney, along with Elisha have been accused by MSP of withholding information.
I personally was holding out hope that Courtney had come forward with information and we would see progress in Ayla’s case. I continued to hope until 12/15/13 when McCausland said:
“We do not think we’ve gotten the full story from the three adults who were in the home that night,” McCausland said this week. “That would be Justin, Elisha and Courtney. Our stance has not changed. We think that they know more than they’ve told us.”
After all this time since the break up and assault, why if Courtney was innocent of any involvement in Ayla’s disappearance has she not told MSP the full story?
Is it possible Courtney doesn’t know any more than she’s told the investigators?
Why did Courtney change her story about the assault?
Who is protecting who?
Will Courtney ever change her story about the night Ayla went missing from 29 Violette Avenue?
Will Courtney ever do the right thing and tell?
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