A Jackson Hole elementary school teacher pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery Wednesday morning in Teton County Circuit Court.
Matthew Elliott, 36, took a plea deal offered by the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office that amended his case from felony strangulation to domestic battery.
In court Wednesday, Elliott offered an apology.
“I do want to sincerely apologize to everyone who was negatively impacted by this,” Elliott told Judge James Radda. “I am deeply remorseful for that.”
Elliott, a third-grade teacher at Colter Elementary, was arrested in January after a woman called to report an assault.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the accuser, who said Elliott became angry at her and “lunged at her and grabbed her by the throat and choked her for approximately 15 seconds.”
Elliott’s attorney, Katie Mannen, said her client took an evaluation which indicated no signs of substance abuse problems. Mannen said her client is willing to be counseled.
“Mr. Elliott does not have a criminal history,” she said. “He is a third-grade teacher at Colter and has coached boys basketball for 12 years.”
Teton County School District No. 1 Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds has previously confirmed that Elliott is still employed by the district. He was placed on a 30-day leave after his arrest.
Elliott was placed on supervised probation and ordered to maintain a sober living environment and take a domestic violence intervention course.