Massachusetts State Rep. Arrested on Domestic Assault Charges

Unnamed woman says the legislator hit her after offering her a ride home.

Posted: 07/09/2012 02:47 PM EDT
MA State rep Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charges

A first-term state legislator in Massachusetts has been charged with domestic assault and kidnapping a woman in a case that has created a stir in Boston politics. 

Carlos Henriquez, a Democrat who represents the largely Black and Latino sections of Roxbury and Dorchester, was arrested following a fight with a woman as the two were driving near a dormitory at Northeastern University. 

The police said that Henriquez and the woman began arguing after she requested that he drive her home, adding that Henriquez attacked her. The woman, who has not been identified, jumped out of the car and sought the attention of a police officer at Northeastern University.

The woman told police officers that Henriquez hit her while they were in the car. The police explained that the woman sought medical attention at the scene, but she was not taken to a hospital.

Henriquez is a member of the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, according to his biography on the Legislature’s website. 

Under the rules of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a member can be stripped of committee assignments upon indictment.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo declined to discuss possible sanctions. 

“The allegations that have been raised are disturbing and troubling and should be taken very seriously,” DeLeo said, in a statement. “The matter is now being handled by the appropriate authorities, and that process will play out.”

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