Albemarle County prosecutors have decided to drop charges against a high school soccer player accused of biting an opponent during a game.
In July 2012, Katrina Ditta was convicted in juvenile and domestic relations court on misdemeanor assault charges.
She appealed for a new hearing in circuit court - which was to have begun Wednesday, but when the victim's family told the commonwealth's attorney's office they were not interested in testifying, the charges were dropped.
Katrina Ditta's good name was besmirched by a charge made against her 7 months ago. Since then she has worked to regain her good name. Katrina Ditta stands here today after major steps towards regaining her good name has been accomplished; the charge against her has been dropped.
The Commonwealth made a motion to have the case nolle prossed (not prosecuted) based, among other things, on the prosecution's desire to avoid to wasting valuable judicial resources on trying this case because, if it had been tried, a jury could have easily found reasonable doubt. Judge Higgins granted the Commonwealth's motion and has entered an Order nolle prossing the charge.
The process of clearing her name has been a long one for Ms. Ditta – a process that is almost, but not yet fully, concluded. Therefore, Ms. Ditta will wait to comment any further until the process is finished.
Until then, however, she wishes to express her deepest appreciation to the family, friends, teammates, soccer referees, school officials, and the Fluvanna fans that have come forward on her behalf. She especially wants to thank those individuals from the Western Albemarle organization who voluntarily came forward of their own accord expressing their support and willingness to testify on her behalf. The support of these people has been invaluable during this difficult time.