Central Connecticut State University has been ordered to reinstate Christopher Dukes, its former director of student conduct, following the dropping of criminal charges, the Hartford Current reported.
Over a year ago, prosecutors dropped several criminal charges against Dukes related to a domestic incident in April 2018. The administrator was arrested following an incident at his home, in which his wife reported to police that she had been tied up in their basement and assaulted. by Dukes, the Running reported. Prosecutors said they dropped the charges after saying she did not want Dukes jailed for the sake of their children, the newspaper said. Dukes maintained his innocence and rejected the plea offers.
Arbitrator Joseph Celentano will ask the university to rehire Dukes to his old job, remove his discipline from his personal file and pay him over $ 200,000 in back pay.
The Central State of Connecticut and the Connecticut State College and University System are still reviewing the decision and may appeal the arbitral award to the courts, according to the Running.
“It is unfathomable that someone can look at the evidence, listen to the recording of the 911 call, hear the fear in the victim’s voice and come to the conclusion the arbitrator came to,” Mark said. Ojakian, chairman of the system, in a statement. statement Tuesday. “Our first, last and most important obligation is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff on campus. The arbitrator’s decision makes it more difficult to comply with this obligation at the same time as it disregards the victim’s account of the situation. For now, we are reviewing the details of the decision and are keeping all options, including going to court, on the table. “