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A former Pennsylvania budget director who lives in Fairview Township had a domestic-assault charge dropped in York County Court on Wednesday.

Instead, Charles Zogby pleaded guilty to the summary offense of harassment and was fined $300, according to defense attorney Korey Leslie. A summary nontraffic citation is akin in seriousness to a traffic ticket.

Zogby, 55, of 607 Moores Mountain Road, had been accused of punching wife Georgina Zogby in the face during an argument in their home and was charged with the second-degree misdemeanor of simple assault.

The simple assault charge was dismissed Wednesday as part of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors.

"Mr. Zogby admitted that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and pushed her onto the bed, and he regrets those actions," Leslie said. "However, he denies punching his wife in the face, as she alleged. ... He's relieved to have this matter over."

A message left with the York County District Attorney's Office seeking comment wasn't returned Wednesday.

Served three governors: Zogby served as education secretary and policy director under Gov. Tom Ridge. He also was education secretary under Gov. Mark Schweiker and budget secretary under Gov. Tom Corbett.

His wife previously testified that he broke her nose and ribs about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

Fairview Township Police Officer William Buzzard has said that when he arrived at the Zogby home, Georgina Zogby had blood on her face and hands.

She said she initially declined to be taken to the hospital but then went to a physician in the following weeks and was referred to Holy Spirit Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured nose and several broken ribs.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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