A 91-year-old professor emeritus at the University of Florida was arrested Thursday night,
Michel K. Ochi was charged with aggravated assault after deputies were called to an apartment in the 13000 block of Newberry Road, said Art Forgey, spokesman for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were sent to the home at 9:49 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance in which the woman was being kicked in the head. An arrest report states Ochi was arguing with his wife over having to leave the apartment for dinner.
When deputies arrived, they could hear a disturbance going on in the house, but no one would open the door. They tried to open the door, but it was locked, so they forced it open, Forgey said.
Officials said they found Ochi standing above his wife with a broom, with which deputies believe he was beating her. She was on the floor crying in a fetal position.
The victim was taken by ambulance to an area hospital while Ochi was taken to the Alachua County jail.
Ochi is a professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering. He was a professor at UF from 1979 to 2002, according to his faculty Web page. Since 2002, he has been a professor emeritus