Lawson steps down from Youth Empowerment Zone amid assault claims

COLUMBIA, Mo. - ABC 17 News has confirmed a Columbia youth director stepped down from his position after he was accused of domestic assault.

Lorenzo Lawson was arrested last week when the mother of his child said he gave her a bloody lip.

He claims he was watching TV with his wife at home.

On Thursday, Lawson told ABC 17 News he submitted his resignation at the Youth Empowerment Zone.

Lawson was already on administrative leave from the non-profit. 

As of Thursday night, no charges have been filed for the alleged incident.

On Monday, Lawson first spoke to ABC 17 News about the possibility of not returning to the non-profit, even if he wasn't charged.

"Youth Empowerment Zone is a baby of mine just like my son; I want to protect it," Lawson said. "If that means I have to stay away from it ,that's fine, because it's very valuable to this community."

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