Steven Cartajena

Steven Cartajena

A Corvallis man is facing felony charges for allegedly injuring two children and attempting to strangle their mother, according to police.

Police arrested Steven Cartajena, 26, on Thursday and took him to the Benton County Jail. The charges arose after officers responded to a domestic dispute about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 at a home on the 1700 block of Southeast Lilly Place.

According to a police report, Cartajena spanked his girlfriend’s son, leaving welts on the boy’s buttock. Cartajena spanked the boy after the child accidentally kicked Cartajena in the groin while they were playing, the police report states.

Cartajena also grabbed his girlfriend’s daughter by the upper arm, leaving bruises, according to the police.

The police report also says that Cartajena attempted to choke the children’s mother during the incident.

Cartajena is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, one count of attempted felony strangulation and one count of harassment. 

Cartajena pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday at an arraignment in Benton County Circuit Court. Judge David Connell imposed $317,500 security in Cartajena's case. The judge also appointed defense attorney Clark Willes to represent Cartajena. 

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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