Creflo Dollar will not have to appear in court to face charges that he assaulted his 15-year-old daughter, according to a newspaper report from Fayette County.
The Fayatte County Citizen reports that state court prosecutors allowed Dollar to participate in a pre-trial intervention program that requires him to complete an anger management program and pay $1,072 in fees and court costs.
Dollar is the head of World Changers Church International based in College Park.
He 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 a police report from the incident, Dollar’s daughter called police to say her father attacked her after they argued about whether or not she could attend a party. The report said Dollar had choked his daughter, then threw her to the ground, punched her and hit her with his shoe.
Dollar denied the allegations when he spoke to his congregation immediately following the event.
“She was not choked,” Dollar said. “She was not punched. The truth is, a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional. Things escalated from there.”
Dollar told police he was trying to restrain his daughter when she “became very disrespectful,” 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.