Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo
Last year Hernandez dodged a DUI allegation when he was found not guilty on one of the charges and the DA did not pursue an additional charge. Today’s dodge was one of domestic violence.
Prosecutors have decided not to file domestic violence charges against state Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina), saying there is insufficient evidence to back a former girlfriend’s allegations she was physically abused by the lawmaker, officials said Wednesday.
Hernandez also has filed court papers denying allegations in a separate civil lawsuit by Carolina Taillon that he whipped her with a belt and bragged about using cocaine.
The decision by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office stems from an incident in October when Hernandez and Taillon got into a loud argument at the Lazy Dog Cafe in West Covina. The D.A.’s report said Hernandez said during the argument that “he was going to call police about (Taillon) threatening a member of the state Assembly.” Instead, Taillon called the police, “considering the comment as a threat to her.”
Taillon told the responding officers Hernandez had assaulted her on two separate occasions in July, “once ‘whipping her with his belt’ as he is the ‘Assembly Majority Whip,’ ” said the report by Deputy Dist. Atty. Manuel Garcia Jr.
There continues to be a civil suit in this matter and another investigation into Hernandez’s campaign finances also continues.