Lake Elmo man gets jail term, probation in assault case

A Lake Elmo man has been sentenced to three years probation and 60 days in the Washington County Jail after he was found guilty of assaulting his wife.

Court documents said the defendant, Matthew Goepfert Jr., was sentenced in connection with a May 28 incident with his wife at their home.

Along with the probation and jail term, Goepfert must comply with a no contact order, complete a 15-week cognitive program at Seek the Truth Counseling and follow all recommendations. He was also ordered to provide a biological specimen for DNA analysis and pay a $50 fine plus surcharges.

Court documents said authorities learned about the incident when Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a residence in the 300 block of Cimarron in response to an assault call.

Court documents said Goepfert’s wife told deputies that Goepfert came home, started going through her cell phone and found a text message she sent to a person named “Rick.”

Goepfert’s wife said Goepfert accused her of cheating on him, then she stated that he “flew into a fit of rage” and jumped on top of her pinning her arms and knees, according to court documents.

Court documents indicate that the wife said Goepfert kept yelling at her and choking her. During the struggle court documents state that the wife said Geopfert put both arms around her neck causing her to almost black out, she added that she experienced tunnel vision and felt hot and flushed.

Court documents add that Goepfert took away his wife’s phone and would not allow her to leave their home. Goepfert continued yelling at his wife and slamming her against the wall, court documents added.

Court documents said deputies noticed bruises on the woman’s upper arms and around her neck when she contacted investigators May 30.