Columbia officials said they will not pursue third-degree assault charges against MU assistant communication professor, Melissa Click, in exchange for an agreement that includes no violations for one year.
Under the new deal with prosecutors, Click also has to finish 20 hours of community service and has agreed to waive the statute of limitations. If she breaks any of the terms, the city will resume prosecution against Click.
“Based on the facts of this case, I believe this disposition to be appropriate,” City Prosecutor Stephen Richey said. “This disposition is in keeping with my office’s handling of dozens of similar municipal cases and adequately serves the interest of justice by ensuring the defendant will not engage in similar conduct.”
Mr. Richey said he will not make any other statements related to this case.
State Rep. Caleb Jones, (R) Columbia, told ABC 17 News, “It’s good to see Professor Click is taking accountability for her actions in assaulting a student.”
ABC 17 News is reaching out to more local lawmakers and Click’s lawyer to get a response.
Click was just suspended with pay on Wednesday, after ABC 17 News was the first to report criminal charges were filed Monday. University of Missouri system curators said they are working with city prosecutors to see if further action is needed against Click.
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