Update: The Wilmington Police Department clarified that while Michael Christopher Scott will return to duty he will no longer be stationed as a School Resource Officer (SRO). WPD has not yet officially determined what Scott’s new assignment will be.
WILMINGTON – A Wilmington Police officer who serves as a school resource officer will return to work next week after his case was dismissed yesterday.
Officer Michael Christopher Scott was arrested on Monday, Jan. 29, after a domestic incident at his Leland residence. According to an affidavit sworn by Scott’s female domestic partner, Scott allegedly threatened to enlist people to help physically assault her. The complainant also alleged that Scott damaged her personal property.
Law enforcement was not called during the initial incident, which took place on Friday, Jan. 26, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s office, Scott’s case was dismissed as an “informal deferred prosecution.” In such cases, conditions of the dismissal are met by the defendant prior to their court date. Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office Spokeswoman Ashley Bullard did not respond to questions about what the specific conditions of Scott’s dismissal were.
According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley Thompson, Scott is expected to return to work next week. Scott was a school resource officer (SRO) at Hoggard High School and has been on paid administrative leave since the end of January. According to WPD, Scott will not return to SRO duty, however the department has not yet decided what Scott’s new assignment will be.