JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says a man claiming to be a university professor was arrested after he assaulted a woman after her friend rejected him on the dance floor.
Investigators charged Kirk Williams McMullan with third-degree assault and battery.
On Sunday night, police officers responded to the Pour House on 1977 Maybank Hwy in reference to an assault.
According to a police report, it all started when McMullan attempted to dance with a woman. The woman's friend, the 37-year-old victim, said she saw her friend attempt to move away from McMullan, but was unsuccessful.
The victim then told McMullan that her friend would "rather dance alone." Authorities say when McMullan continued to try to dance with the victim's friend, the victim told him to stop.
The victim said McMullan then turned towards her and struck her three times on her left cheek with his fist. Police say the victim was able to get away, and other patrons detained McMullan until officers arrived.
Investigators say the victim was suffering from swelling and bruising on her left cheek below her eye.
According to a CPD report, as authorities were transporting McMullan to jail, he told the officers that he thought the police "were doing a good job catching adjunct professors from the College of Charleston when there were real criminals roaming around."
Authorities say McMullan also made many degrading statements to the arresting officers' intelligence, stating that they were only "robots."
College of Charleston officials say McMullan does not currently work for the college, and he last worked for the university in 2007 as an adjunct professor.