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A Wyoming County man has been charged under New York’s new law to help victims of domestic violence.

The Sheriff’s Office has charged 39-year-old Timothy Foss of the Town Covington with Aggravated Family Offense, a class E felony.

Foss allegedly had been verbally abusing his mother for a period of time. Then on Feb. 1, deputies learned, according to the report, that Foss has committed the charge of criminal mischief when he allegedly pulled a phone out from the wall when his mother tried to call for help.  

The new law went into effect Jan. 23. The charge Aggravated Family Offense applies to defendants who commit a family offense and already have a conviction against a household member within the previous five years. Punishment is one to four years in prison. Governor Cuomo announced in October new regulations to protect domestic violence victims.

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