PORTLAND (AP) – Prosecutors have decided against pursuing criminal charges against a Maine lawyer who flew into a rage and spanked his 20-year-old daughter in part over a $5,000 cell phone bill.

James Phipps’ lawyer says the case was filed for dismissal in Portland District Court on Monday. Prosecutors will dismiss the domestic violence assault charge in a year if there are no other charges against Phipps.

Phipps, who’s blind, is president and chief executive officer of the Iris Network, a nonprofit organization that helps people who are visually impaired or blind become independent.

Chairman David Stuchiner said the board considered the arrest a “personal matter” with no bearing on Phipps’ work with the organization.


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