MEDFORD — State Representative Carlos Henriquez will spend six months in prison after a jury convicted him Wednesday of holding down a woman and punching her in the chest after she refused to have sex with him.
Soon after the 37-year-old Dorchester Democrat was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs, colleagues in the State House began calling for his resignation. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said he would refer the matter to the House Ethics Committee to begin the formal process for expulsion in the event Henriquez refuses to step down.
Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, a Democrat who served alongside Henriquez in the Legislature, echoed the calls for his resignation. Henriquez endorsed and campaigned for Walsh in the mayoral race.
“This is a sad day for the Fifth Suffolk district,” Walsh said, referring to the district Henriquez represents, which covers parts of Roxbury and Dorchester. “Violence against women is an epidemic and is totally and universally unacceptable.”
Jurors convicted Henriquez of some of the acts of violence he was accused of, but acquitted him of others. The lawmaker was found guilty of two counts of assault and battery, but he was acquitted of a charge that he had struck the victim in her face. Jurors also found Henriquez not guilty of witness intimidation and larceny.
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