A Red Hook man is facing felony abortion and strangulation charges after a Town of Rosendale incident in which, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, he attempted to force a woman to take a pill which would terminate her pregnancy.
Thomas A. Pfeiffer, 44, was arrested 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, according to the sheriff’s office Detective Division. Deputies went to a residence on Dewitt Mills Road to follow up on a no-voice 911 call and when they arrived, deputies said, they found the accused strangled the woman and, the UCSO release stated, “forced her to consume a pill that would cause an abortion.” The victim was taken to a HealthAlliance hospital in Kingston with injuries to her throat and neck, was treated and released. Pfeiffer was taken into custody, arraigned in Kingston Town Court and sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or a $100,000 bond.
Pfeiffer was charged with second-degree strangulation and second-degree abortion, both felonies. He was also charged with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief, misdemeanors.
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Town of Rosendale Police Department and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.