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Prosecutor suspected of assaulting estranged wife resigns

An Oklahoma County prosecutor suspected of assaulting his estranged wife in front of their daughter resigned after a district attorney in another county declined to charge him with a crime.Assistant District Attorney Robert McClatchie resigned last month after Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd declined to prosecute. Reached Friday, Ladd said the woman did not want to pursue the case any further.

"She changed her story," he said.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who recused himself and his office from deciding whether McClatchie should be charged, confirmed McClatchie had submitted his resignation.

"His resignation was not as a result of any administrative action by the District Attorney's Office," Prater told The Oklahoman.

McClatchie was arrested in late January and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of domestic abuse by strangulation and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child. He was released from jail two days later after a judge set his bond at $15,000 and told him not to contact his estranged wife.

The woman told police McClatchie struck her multiple times and then choked her to the point of unconsciousness in front of their 11-year-old daughter, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Ladd, the district attorney for Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties, told The Oklahoman the woman made statements that contradicted prior statements she made to police. He said the woman declined to meet with him to discuss the case.

McClatchie and his wife both filed petitions for dissolution of marriage in January, according to Oklahoma County court records.

Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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