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Former Purdue professor accepts plea agreement after being found guilty of domestic violence



West Lafayette, Indiana – A former Purdue University professor was jailed last week for domestic abuse after it was alleged that he beat his wife in front of a 10-year-old boy who was chained up in a dog kennel.

After confessing to domestic assault in front of a kid younger than 16, John Froiland was given a year in community corrections on July 14. The following charges against Froiland were dismissed as part of the plea agreement:

• battery on a person less than 14 years old
• confinement
• intimidation
• interference with reporting a crime
On November 10, 2021, Froiland was taken into custody on preliminary allegations of domestic violence, intimidation, interfering with the reporting of a crime, and incarceration. Froiland was later granted a 10-day no-contact order and released on a $500 bond.

According to West Lafayette Police, Froiland hit his wife with a wooden chair leg after she returned from a shopping excursion while locking the child in a dog cage. According to reports, he was angry with her for not telling him where she had gone.

Police reported that after leaving the house, the woman sustained numerous bruises and welts on her arms. Her cell phone was allegedly kept by Froiland so that she couldn’t call for assistance.

Froiland was an assistant professor of educational psychology and research methodology at Purdue University.

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