The former Washington, DC Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice was acquitted of an assault and a battery charge traced to a video incident in a parking lot last month.
Prosecutors in Arlington, Virginia, dropped the charges against Christopher Geldart, 53, after playing video in the courtroom showing a witness claiming Geldart was not the attacker, FOX5 DC reported. The judge agreed to drop the case.
“The judge made the right decision. No crime happened. Therefore, the charges were dropped and justice served,” Geldart’s attorney, Karin Porter, told the broadcaster.
Geldart has been charged with assault after he allegedly grabbed Dustin Woodward, a trainer at a Gold’s gym in Arlington, by the neck on October 1. Geldart allegedly hit Woodward’s girlfriend’s car with his car door while opening it, leading to an argument.
Video of the incident was obtained by FOX5, who attempted to show the video to Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Geldart was placed on leave pending an investigation and later resigned from his position.
Following the judge’s decision, Geldart told the broadcaster: “The way I presented myself that day is not who I am. However, I don’t think any of that has ever reached the level we are at today.”
Meanwhile, Woodward said he was unhappy with the outcome.
“You all did a bad job. There’s no excuse for what you did. Period,” Woodward said in a message to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. “It wasn’t justified. There’s plenty of evidence to investigate. You just decided against it. This is another situation where the justice system fails. That’s all.”
Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.
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