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Former UH standout Chang reaches plea deal

Former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang, the most prolific passer in college football history, has reached a plea agreement on two misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident last year when he was accused of taking a video camera from a woman.

As part of the agreement, Chang, 28, of Mililani, turned himself in Saturday to be booked on charges of criminal property damage and harassment, both misdemeanors, the prosecutor’s office said.

The alleged incident occurred on May 31, 2009, after a woman said her video camera was taken from her while she was filming a brawl in the Pearlridge area.

Timmy Chang

Chang told the woman to stop filming the fight, authorities said. A struggle ensued, and a man allegedly pulled the camera from the woman’s wrist and threw it onto the roof of a building.

At the time, Chang was booked for investigation of one count of second-degree robbery and was released without charges pending further investigation.

That charge was later reduced to criminal property damage and harassment, the city prosecutor’s office reported, and a theft charge was dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Chang pleaded guilty on Feb. 1 and was fined $155, a spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office said. He agreed to undergo anger management assessment and was placed on six months’ probation.

The prosecutor’s office said Chang’s record would be cleared after six months if he followed the terms of the agreement. Saturday’s booking was part of the plea agreement process.

Chang could not be reached for comment.

Chang, UH’s quarterback from 2000 to 2004, holds the NCAA record for career passing yards (17,072). He has been a member of teams in the National Football League, Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.


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