Charge reduced against Salem man charged with felony domestic battery

MARION COUNTY — Bail remains set at quarter-of-a-million dollars today for a 22-year-old Salem man charged last month with beating his girlfriend, although one of the felony charges was reduced Tuesday to a misdemeanor.

Xavier Goostree was originally charged June 22, in Marion County Court with Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery including strangling and Class 3 felony aggravated battery of a pregnant person, for the alleged incident at his Salem home. But the Class 3 felony charge was reduced Tuesday to misdemeanor domestic battery causing bodily harm.

According to police, they responded to a report of a pregnant woman at the Goostree home being badly beaten. After officers arrived, the woman reported that Goostree body slammed and tried to strangle her — both of which are aggravating factors – and that he allegedly threw her cellphone when she attempted to call police. She was taken to the Salem Township Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Goostree remains in the Marion County Jail, with bail set at $250,000 or $25,000 cash bond. He’s next scheduled to appear in court July 21, for a pre-trial hearing in the case. He pleaded not guilty today to the charges against him.