Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- According to a newspaper report from Fayette County, assault charges against megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar were dropped this week. Dollar had been charged in connection with an altercation with his 15-year-old daughter at his Fayetteville home last June.
The Fayette County Citizen says state court prosecutors allowed Dollar to participate in an pre-trial intervention program which requires him to complete an anger management program and pay $1,072 in fees and court costs.
Dollar was initially charged with simple battery and cruelty to children after investigators said he attacked his teenage daughter during an argument at their home.
According to the police report from the incident last June, Dollar's daughter had called police to say her father had attacked her after they argued about whether or not the daughter could attend a party last June. The report said Dollar had choked his daughter, then threw her to the ground, punched her and hit her with his shoe.
When police interviewed Dollar, he said he had tried to restrain his daughter when she "became very disrespectful" after he had told her she couldn't go to a party, the report said. Investigators said Dollar admitted to spanking his daughter and wrestling her to the floor, but said it was because she had hit him.
According to the Citizen report, State Court Solicitor Jamie Inagawa said he had reviewed the evidence and interviewed the daughter before deciding if the case met the criteria for the pre-trial intervention program.
(The Fayette County Citizen contributed to this report.)