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Assault charge filed against Creflo Dollar, megachurch pastor, is dismissed

Creflo Dollar is seen here in a photo provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office on June 8, 2012. Dollar was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children. Two days after his arrest, Dollar -- out on $5,000 bond -- denied that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism." AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Office

Police charged megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children for allegedly punching and choking his 15-year-old daughter
AP Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) ATLANTA - Fayette County State Court officials say a simple assault charge filed against 50-year-old mega-church founder Creflo Dollar Jr. by his teenage daughter has been dismissed.

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Dollar's then 15-year-old daughter filed the charge against him in June 2012, and the pastor has consistently denied the allegations.

Dollar was arrested on June 8, 20120 after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 and told a Fayette County sheriff's deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn't go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy also noted a scratch on her neck.

The report said the deputy also interviewed Dollar's 19-year-old daughter, who said her father grabbed her sister's shoulders and slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds. She said her sister tried to break free, but did not fight back, and her father allegedly threw the 15-year-old on the floor, the older girl ran to get her mother. Dollar's wife, Taffi, told the deputy she did not see the fight.

Jamie K. Inagawa, Fayette County State Court solicitor, told the Atlantic Journal-Constitution that Dollar was required to enroll in an anger management program, report to probation and pay $1,072 in court fees.

Dollar, founder of College Park-based World Changers Church International, is a well-known fixture in the prosperity gospel world - a branch of evangelical Christianity that teaches that those  with the most material wealth are among the most highly spiritually favored.

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