Neighbor charged in woman’s sexual assault

David Gallant

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Police have charged a Williamsburg man with sexual battery after a woman claimed her neighbor tried to sexually assault her.

Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department told officers were called to the 300 block of Merrimac Trail around 2 p.m. Monday for a report of an assault. There, the 55-year-old victim told police her neighbor knocked on her door and forced his way inside when she opened it.

The suspect, identified as David Paul Gallant, 58, tried to sexually assault her, the victim said. She told police she screamed and alerted people nearby and the suspect fled the scene.

Gallant was located in his apartment and was taken into custody. He was charged with breaking and entering, abduction, assault and sexual battery.

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