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No State Charges Against Deputy In Alleged Theater Altercation

No State Charges Against Deputy In Alleged Theater Altercation



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The state will not file charges against an off-duty deputy accused of pushing a woman down stairs at a movie theater.

The Utah attorney general's office did not find any evidence that warrants charges but did refer the case to the Provo city prosecutor's office, said attorney general spokesman Paul Murphy. It's now under review at the city level.

Vanessa Arnold, 22, of Provo alleges Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Skip Curtis grabbed her and threw her down movie theater stairs after Curtis, Arnold and her friend were involved in a confrontation May 23.

It allegedly happened after Curtis complained when others with Arnold were translating the movie from English to Spanish for her. Later, after the movie, her boyfriend allegedly demanded an apology, prompting the alleged altercation.

Arnold filed a lawsuit against Curtis June 14 in federal court in Salt Lake City.

Attorney S. Austin Johnson said his client cannot see out of her right eye as a result of brain damage she appears to have suffered in the incident.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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