U of M professor charged with domestic assault

December 28, 2018 06:19 PM

A University of Minnesota professor has been charged with domestic assault following an incident that took place at an apartment earlier this week.

According to a criminal complaint, 47-year-old Aaron Herbert Doering has been charged with felony-level domestic assault by strangulation.

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The complaint states police were called to a Minneapolis apartment on Dec. 26 on a report of a "domestic assault-in-progress."

Upon arrival, police reported being able to hear a man and woman arguing inside the apartment. Police gained entrance to the apartment and found Doering and a woman inside.

When asked what had happened, the woman said Doering had assaulted her during the course of an argument.

The woman said Doering had grabbed her by the hair and dragged her around the apartment. She also told police Doering had hit and slapped her, according to the complaint. She told authorities Doering had attempted to choke her and that she had been unable to breathe. She told police she feared Doering "would eventually kill her," the complaint states.

The woman told police the incident was not the first time Doering had assaulted her and provided police with photos documenting prior injuries, according to the complaint.

At Doering's first court appearance, prosecutors said he called the victim 30 times from jail after his arrest and asked her to recant her story to police.

On Friday, one of Doering's ex-wives, Amy Matthews, told KSTP she was also abused by Doering. She says the couple finalized their divorce in August of this year and she's since gone on to help start a nonprofit to help survivors of domestic abuse called And Now She Rises.

"Taking extreme adversity in my life and turning it into advocacy was one of the paths to healing," Matthews said.

But Matthews also expressed frustration with the University of Minnesota, saying several of Doering's colleagues university knew about allegations of abuse and alcoholism.

"There is a level of complicity at U of M that is beyond mind-boggling," said Matthews.

A university spokeswoman said the university is "aware of the situation, and will be reviewing the matter," but had no response to Matthews' comment. 

A judge granted Doering release from jail on $5,000 bond along with several conditions.

Doering is expected back in court in January.
 

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