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Prosecutors won’t pursue battery charges against fired SPC provost

Marvin Bright, 53, led the college's Tarpon Springs campus until he was fired this month.
Dr. Marvin Bright, former Tarpon Springs campus provost at St. Petersburg College. | St. Petersburg College

Authorities will not pursue criminal charges against the former leader of St. Petersburg College's Tarpon Springs campus, who was fired this month.

Marvin Bright, 53, initially faced allegations that he had forced his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choked her.

This week, the State Attorney's Office in Pasco County filed a "no information" brief, saying that "the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution at this time."

A domestic violence injunction against Bright was also voluntarily dismissed.

Bright's attorney, Gerasimos "Jerry" Theophilopoulos, has blasted the allegations as "frivolous" and defended Bright's status in the community. He has also said that St. Petersburg College officials "rushed to vilify" Bright.

The college says Bright simply strayed from campus protocol. He was fired by President Tonjua Williams after an internal review process.

College officials say that, although Bright was arrested Sept. 1, he waited weeks to disclose his arrest, only telling them on Sept. 18. They also say that Bright delayed in returning his identification badge and withheld documentation about the arrest.

College spokeswoman Rita Farlow told the Tampa Bay Times this month that Bright's dismissal had nothing to do with the allegations in the criminal system. Rather, she said, he didn't follow college protocol.

Bright has defended himself, saying that he tried to meet with President Williams, but was canceled on several times.

Bright, 53, lives in Palm Harbor. He came to St. Petersburg College in 2014.

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