Less than a day after a state House ethics panel recommended his expulsion from the chamber, state Representative Carlos Henriquez released a statement Wednesday maintaining his innocence, questioning the fairness of his trial and his sentence, and offering veiled criticism of those who have called on him to resign.
Henriquez was convicted on Jan. 15 of holding down a woman and punching her in the chest when she refused to have sex with him. A jury found him guilty of two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery, while acquitting him of other charges. A Cambridge District Court judge sentenced him to 2½ years in the House of Correction and ordered him to serve six months of the sentence. He is appealing.