Assault charge to be dropped against state Rep. Wheatley

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Rep. Jake Wheatley, a Pittsburgh Democrat, will not face a simple assault charge if he is not arrested for anything violent for 90 days.Prosecutors agreed today to withdraw simple assault charges against state Mr. Jake Wheatley and his fiancee, who were arrested last week after a dispute over child care expenses turned physical, police said.

Both Mr. Wheatley, 40, and Angela Mike, 41, were charged with simple assault following the argument last Friday morning. The charge against Ms. Mike was withdrawn today, while the charge against Mr. Wheatley will be withdrawn after a 90 days provided he is not arrested again for violent contact.

Mr. Wheatley is a Democrat and was first elected to the House in 2003.

According to a criminal complaint, Pittsburgh officers went to their Hill District home one morning last week. Ms. Mike told officers Mr. Wheatley had thrown water on her face, grabbed her by her arms and pushed her to the floor.

When she tried to get up, according to the report, he pushed her to the floor again causing two minor scrapes to her left hand.

She told police Mr. Wheatley scattered things around the kitchen while she called 911. Mr. Wheatley left.

The report notes that the kitchen floor was "soiled with condiments." While officers were investigating, Mr. Wheatley returned to the home. He had a scrape to his left knee with slight bleeding, according to the criminal complaint.

Mr. Wheatley told police that he and Ms. Mike were arguing over child care when she became angry and charged at him.

Attorneys for both Ms. Mike and Mr. Wheatley said they were pleased with the arrangement since the couple has since reconciled.

Mr. Wheatley apologized profusely following the hearing.

"I apologize to my constituents and my family," he said.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published May 10, 2012 3:15 PM


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