Dike Zhao, 20, was charged with Class D felonies residential entry and criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. The deferred prosecution agreement means that if Zhao meets certain terms and conditions for six months, he will not be prosecuted for any crimes.
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said the victim nor her parents wanted to pursue the case.
"Under the circumstances, this was the best we could do," Bookwalter said. "(Deferred prosecution) was offered because the victim did not want any prosecution. DePauw representatives were present, and cultural differences were involved. DePauw has dealt with this situation internally, also."
As a condition of the deferred prosecution agreement, Zhao must not break any laws. He is also required to complete 40 hours of community service through Putnam County Community Corrections, as well as pay court fines and costs.
The charges against Zhao stemmed from an Aug. 31 incident in which DePauw Public Safety officers responded to a call made by a female in a campus residence hall.
The caller told officers Zhao had entered her room through the window before a dispatcher heard what they said sounded like a struggle and the phone was disconnected.
Because the emergency call was made from a cellular phone, it could not be traced. Representatives from DePauw's facilities managements and residence life departments, along with officers from the Greencastle Police Department conducted a building by building search of the DePauw campus.
After a tip from a member of DePauw's custodial staff, officers found the victim crying in her room. Zhao was standing outside the open door of the victim's room.
According to court documents, the victim told police she and Zhao, who lived in the same dorm, had been in a relationship for the past year. She said she had told Zhao she wanted to end the relationship, but that he "would not allow it."
She said although she was not injured, she was frightened of Zhao.
The victim said she and Zhao had gotten into a fight in her room on Aug. 30, and that Zhao had "become very angry and pushed her in the chest with the palms of his hands." She said she was standing near her bed, and that Zhao shoved her backward into it.
When Zhao knocked on her door on Aug. 31, the victim told officers, she ignored him and did not open her door. It was then, court records said, that Zhao broke into the victim's room through the window.
The victim warned Zhao that she was going to call the police, and when she did, court documents said, Zhao grabbed the phone from her. He then removed the phone's battery and SIM card and put them in his pocket.
The alleged victim then tried to leave the room, but she said Zhao grabbed her upper arms to prevent her from leaving, and also blocked her doorway.
At Zhao's initial hearing, his bond was set at $10,000 with 10 percent allowed. He posted bond and was released from jail.
If he had been convicted of all charges, Zhao could have been sentenced to a maximum 10 years in prison.