LIMA – “Listen up and listen well.”
With those words, Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser on Monday morning issued a strict set of guidelines that will allow a Lima man to leave jail on bond as criminal charges against him play themselves out.
James Boroff, 39, has previously violated a court order to have no contact with his wife — whom he intentionally injured in a fit of rage following a domestic dispute, according to courtroom testimony. And the judge wasn’t happy about that.
Preliminary charges of felonious assault were filed against Boroff in late June after he allegedly rammed a vehicle as his wife attempted to enter another vehicle parked near her place of employment, causing her to suffer unspecified injuries.
According to testimony in court Monday, Karla Boroff told police her husband had been acting “unstable … homicidal and suicidal” in the days leading up to the alleged incident.
James Boroff was released on bond following the alleged assault and his wife subsequently obtained a “no-contact” protection order, which testimony showed that her husband violated on more than one occasion.
Following his release from jail, Boroff was arrested again in the early morning hours of July 17. Allen County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dan Quarry testified that a homemade “crack pipe” was found in Boroff’s vehicle following a traffic stop and that the Lima man said he was “out searching for his wife … because he wanted to catch her cheating.”
Boroff was taken to jail, where he reportedly violated the protection order by contacting his wife on multiple occasions.
During Monday’s hearing, during which James Boroff’s attorney sought the reinstatement of his client’s bail, Karla Boroff said that under normal circumstances she is not afraid of her husband.
“If he stays off drugs I feel completely safe,” she said, nothing that his addiction started with opiod abuse following surgery some two years ago and had grown to include crack cocaine.
Kohlrieser reinstated bail for Boroff and placed him on house arrest — with strict limitations, including two required drug screenings weekly, and a stern warning.
“With the exception of texts or emails to discuss financial or familial issues, you are to have no contact with your wife, period!” the judge said. “I like to think that court orders matter. You cannot initiate any contact with her, period.”