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Assault Case Against Pepperdine Prof Reduced to Misdemeanor

The domestic dispute involving a then-fellow university employee happened in June 2011 in Santa Monica.

Andrei Duta was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of inflicting corporal injury on his girlfriend in Santa Monica. He was first charged with kidnapping.
Andrei Duta was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of inflicting corporal injury on his girlfriend in Santa Monica. He was first charged with kidnapping.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Originally posted at 5:31 p.m. Feb. 19 2014. Edited to remove kidnapping from the headline. That charge was dropped days after the initial arrest, according to Duta's publicist.

A former Pepperdine University professor initially accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Santa Monica woman had the charges dropped to a misdemeanor.

Andrei Duta, who now works as a consultant in Austin, said in a press release he was pleased the case was closed.

“I’m grateful to have my good name cleared, once and for all, and to be able to move forward in life, continuing my work in the non-profit and business sectors,” Duta said.

The June 2011 incident involved a dispute with his then-girlfriend, who also was a Pepperdine employee. Duta said she was his supervisor. 

After the defendant was on probation for about 1½ years, Judge James Dabney granted a defense motion to reduce the felony count to a misdemeanor and terminated probation, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

Duta must also abide by a 10-year order to stay away from the victim, Santiago said.

The conviction now reads as a misdemeanor charge of inflicting corporal injury on spouse/cohabitant, Santiago said. 
Ted J February 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM
WOW! Just like getting a traffic ticket????
Mark S. Shapiro February 22, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Mr. Duta, your pants are on fire. Shame on you. Maybe we should have your publicist post the narrative from your Santa Monica PD police here without the victim's name. I know your case very well. While your charges may have been reduced days after your arrest -- that was from the original Santa Monica Police Attempted Murder charges that were warranted by the fact you cowardly brutalized and tortured that woman for over 3 hours until she managed to escape from you. You remember the facts - where you tried to pour rubbing alcohol down her throat while you held her down on the floor. Don't lie and say you were cleared. You had a great attorney and got lucky that the DA you pled to had left the office and you slipped through a crack in the system at LAX Court several others have. Be a man, you did what you did, own it. And btw, there's not a single Pepperdine record that says your victim was your Supervisor. You say you have your good name back, I guess that's why Pepperdine wouldn't hire you back. As an alumnus of Pepperdine your behavior is an embarrassment. Bad enough to be a brutalizer of women, do us a favor and quit adding liar to your resume
Mark S. Shapiro February 22, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Oh and Ted J, would you feel that way if this monster had done what he did to a woman you cared about? He pled to a felony, that's no traffic ticket.
Ted J February 22, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Mr Shapiro, Please read the article!!! Judge James Dabney granted a defense motion to reduce the felony count to a misdemeanor and terminated probation, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
Mark S. Shapiro February 22, 2014 at 07:16 PM
I forgot one point. You may have had Kidnapping dropped down to False Imprisonment, but only because under the law there wasn't sufficient movement of the victim to satisfy kidnapping, so its only a false imprisonment. Congrats, a real badge of honor
Bill Lawrence April 16, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Mr Duta has been a pillar of integrity and honesty, always irreprensible. The entire faculty at Pepperdine, including the highest members, had the upmost respect for this young man. He has been a victim of a woman ravaged by jealousy, envy, and irresponsible behavior.
Bill Lawrence April 16, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Mr Shapiro, feel free to please contact me, if you feel necessary to comment on this. I truly would value your perspective in this matter. bl8974@gmail.com

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