ARLINGTON, Va. - An Arlington judge sided with prosecutors ultimately clearing former D.C. Deputy of Public Safety and Justice, Chris Geldart, of any wrongdoing after Dustin Woodward, a fitness trainer, accused Geldart of grabbing him by the neck after an argument in the Gold's Gym parking lot on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia back in October.
FOX 5 obtained exclusive video showing the alleged assault.
Karin Porter, Geldart's Attorney, said, "The judge made the right decision. No criminal offense happened. Therefore, the charges were dropped and justice is served."
FOX 5's Sierra Fox asked Geldart if he regretted his behavior from that day outside the Arlington Courthouse and he responded, "I've already said that. I've already said that to The Post and all that. The way I presented myself that day is not who I am. However, I don't think any of that ever rose to the level of where we are today."
When asked what is next for him, Geldart said "taking care of my family." He did not specify what is next for his career.
During the court hearing, an Arlington prosecutor played a video of police interviewing a witness who claimed Woodward was the aggressor in the incident although he also mentioned it seemed it was a mutual heated argument and fight over a door ding.
Woodward said he was not aware that body camera footage existed before seeing it in the courtroom. He was surprised because he remembers that same witness calming down the situation and telling him – "it's not worth it."
"Honestly, when they told me about the video footage, I didn't believe it because that's the first time I heard about it," said Woodward.
The prosecutor acknowledged Woodward was not pleased with the case being dismissed before the courtroom. Woodward then spoke before the judge asking her not to drop the charges. However, the judge said it's up to the Commonwealth to decide what cases it goes forward with and this situation was not handled well by either party ultimately agreeing to toss the case.
Woodward is upset with the outcome and feels that justice was not served. This is his message to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office:
"Ya'll did a poor job. Ya'll did a poor job. There's no excuse for what you did. Period. It wasn't justified. There's plenty of evidence to pursue that. You just chose not to. This is another situation where the judicial system fails. That's all this is."
However, Geldart had this to say: "Appreciative that the Commonwealth Attorney did their job. Did their due diligence. They left it all up to the witnesses. Looked at the whole matter and came to the conclusion that they did."