No Charges Yet in November’s Violent Encounter Between Priest and Marine

December 23, 2009  []

TAMPA — A Greek Orthodox priest beaten last month in a parking garage would waive prosecution if the Marine reservist arrested in the incident admits there was nothing sexual about the encounter, the priest’s attorney said.

“If he is willing to admit the truth — that there were no sexual overtones — then we would ask the State Attorney’s Office to not proceed with formal charges,” said attorney Jerry Theophilopoulos. who represents Father Alexios Marakis. “He would also have to apologize for his actions against Father Alexios.”

But Jeff Brown, attorney for suspect Jasen Bruce, said his client “will not lie” to avoid charges. Bruce, 28, was accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a tire iron attack on the priest.

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