A Canaan man accused of trying to gouge the eyes out of a 30-year-old woman last year keeps calling his alleged victim from jail despite court orders prohibiting contact between them. Scott Barr, 30, was charged by Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi with 17 counts of violating conditions of release for repeatedly contacting his victim by prison telephone in November of 2021. Barr has pleaded not guilty to the new charges and remains held without bail at Northern State Correctional Complex in Newport. Barr is facing a possible life sentence on underlying charges of felony 1st degree aggravated domestic assault and felony “maiming” for allegedly beating the woman with a box fan, head-butting her face, strangling her and attempting to gouge her eyes out with his fingers. At his arraignment on the assault charges, the court ordered Barr held without bail and set conditions that he “NOT have contact with” the alleged victim in person, by writing, telephone, e-mail or through a third person whether he is in jail or not. According to an affidavit filed by Essex County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Thomas earlier this month, Barr can be heard on recorded jailhouse calls talking to the alleged victim and attempting to manipulate her. According to court documents, state police were called to 355 Route 253 in Canaan at 12:14 a.m. last August after receiving a report that Barr had assaulted the alleged victim so severely she could no longer see. Family members told investigators that after the assault the alleged victim’s eyes were swollen shut and “gushing blood,” according to the assault report. Barr is facing a possible sentence of over eight years in prison and $17,000 in fines if convicted of the new charges.