A State College man had his day in court Friday and was found not guilty.
Joseph Frey, 26, was acquitted by a jury, which returned the verdict around 9:30 p.m.
Frey was charged with felony aggravated assault and two counts of simple assault and one of recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors.
The charges stemmed from an August incident in which Frey and his girlfriend had a domestic dispute at their State College home. According to court documents, the episode included Frey chasing the woman and holding her against the wall by her throat.
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Police reports also detail the alleged victim biting Frey on his clavicle. Frey claimed the incident was not assault on his part but self-defense.
“I am extremely grateful the jury was able to see through the antiquated gender biases presented in this case and apply the law in a fair and impartial manner,” defense attorney Steve Trialonas said. “The laws of self-defense apply equally, including situations where a man has to defend himself against the unlawful force of a woman. My client was attacked by his girlfriend. All he did was defend himself. He was arrested, she was not.”
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller commented on the case Monday, saying, “Fact-finding is the sole province of the jury and as always, we accept their verdict and thank them for their service.”