Michael Shingatok was found guilty of sexual assault, assault and uttering threats in June 2018. An unnamed woman testified that he was abusive throughout their four-year relationship between 2012 and 2016.
According to a news report, the woman said she reported the crimes because she wanted to get away from Shingatok and get a restraining order. But the defense noted that she stayed in contact with Shingatok despite several moves when she could have left him behind. Moreover, shortly before the woman went to police, she had heard Shingatok was cheating on her. The woman agreed she was angry about that.
Shingatok denied the allegations which were uncorroborated. The woman had a serious issue with alcohol, resulting in a serious house fire and a fall down steps.
In social media discussion, it was alleged that the woman had a record of making false accusations against two other ex-boyfriends.