Jackson Hole, WY News

Mathew Seals, who is in jail for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend, is now facing 13 different charges related to domestic battery.

Two women accuse Seals of physically abusing them over the course of several years.

And the most recent victim to come forward has photos and scars to prove it, police said.

Seals, 33, faces four counts of felony aggravated assault, five counts of domestic battery, two counts of battery on a household member, one count of property destruction and one count of strangulation, a felony.

The Jackson man has entered not guilty pleas on all counts.

“There are visible injuries,” Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan told the court during a Jan. 29 motions hearing. “You can see the scar on her lip that the defendant caused.”

Seals was arrested in July 2018 after his ex-girlfriend showed up at court trying to get a restraining order.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office became involved because the woman’s story was so violent.

The alleged attack happened Sept. 16, 2017, and resulted in the woman having to have surgery, police said.

When Seals bonded out of Teton County Jail he took off with a new girlfriend to Massachusetts.

Police said he was on the run for several weeks before he was arrested and extradited back to Wyoming on the original assault charges.

Since then another ex-girlfriend has come forward and said Seals violently attacked her several times when they were dating from 2013 to 2015.

“I experienced the most extreme physical abuse,” the victim wrote in an affidavit. “I had gotten off work around 4 p.m. and went to my parents’ house, where I had dinner.

“Matt was at our house and was jealous that I was hanging out with my family and not at home with him.”

That was Dec. 12, 2013, the woman said.

“With a powerful twisting motion Seals pulled [victim’s] arm in an upward, unnatural position behind her back,” police wrote.

The woman said Seals continued to twist her arm back and yell at her.

According to court documents, she suffered a fracture to her upper arm bone.

Police said she slept that night in agonizing pain and begged Seals the next day to call an ambulance because she could feel “grinding” in her arm.

At St. John’s Medical Center the woman told doctors she fell and broke her arm.

“He sat in the hospital with me and told me how much he hated what he had done and would never drink alcohol again,” the woman said.

The victim was out of work for two weeks because of the injury, police said. But Seals agreed to pay the medical bills.

“Matt agreed to pay all medical expenses since he had done awful damage to my body,” the victim told police.

About a year later, the victim said, Seals became violent again.

“My father had to call 911 because I called him in a panic after Matt had pulled out a chunk of my hair and tried attacking me with a knife,” she said.

The abuse continued another year after that, the victim said.

On Dec. 17, 2015, Seals and the victim were at a holiday party, and he became angry when they returned to their hotel room.

“His verbal abuse turned aggressive, and he had pinned me on the floor and strangled me,” she said.

The victim covered the marks on her neck with a scarf the next day but took photos of the bruising.

Seals is facing two separate criminal jury trials for the charges.

“The state does not anticipate offering any plea deals in this case,” Allan told Judge Timothy Day.

Seals, through his attorney Elisabeth Trefonas, has demanded speedy jury trials and wants a change of venue.

“There is significant publicity,” Trefonas told the court.

Day took the request under advisement.

“Actual prejudice must be shown to be so great that a fair trial cannot be obtained,” he said.

A Feb. 25 trial has been scheduled for the first four charges.

The other nine are set for a spring trial date.

A motions hearing will take place next week.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, courts@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcourts.

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