Aaron Herbert Doering, a 47-year-old University of Minnesota professor and climate change expert, has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation after he allegedly strangled his fiancée on Wednesday, December 26.
According to reports, Doering — who is a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota — allegedly dragged his fiancée through their apartment by her hair before “beating her and choking her to the point that she thought she would lose consciousness.”
Additionally, the criminal complaint stated that the unnamed fiancée told police that she feared Doering will kill her.
Doering, who is the director of the university’s Learning Technologies Media Lab and serves as a fellow for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, was charged with two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation in Hennepin County District Court on Thursday, December 27.
The University of Minnesota professor was placed in the Hennepin County on $40,000 bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday, December 28.
via The Star Tribune:
According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a reported domestic assault in progress on Wednesday night at an apartment the couple shares in the 1700 block of Madison Street NE. in Minneapolis.
When police approached the door, they heard a man and woman arguing inside. Upon entering, officers separated Doering and his fiancé, who had red marks on her forehead and bruising in the shape of fingers on one side of her neck.
The woman told authorities that during the course of an argument, Doering had grabbed her by the hair and dragged her through the apartment. He later beat and choked her until she was unable to breathe and felt as if she’d lose consciousness, court records show.
Speaking on behalf of the University of Minnesota on December 27, Lacey Nygard, the assistant director of public relations, said that Doering’s employment status with the school “has not changed” at this time.
“We’re aware of the situation, and will be reviewing the matter,” Nygard said.
This article will be updated as further information and details become available.