Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, the nominee to be President Joe Biden’s Labor Secretary, briefly employed former Massachusetts state consultant Carlos Henriquez to be a particular assistant in 2018, regardless of Henriquez’s conviction years earlier for assaulting a lady who refused to have intercourse with him.
Henriquez was expelled from the Massachusetts state Home of Representatives in 2014 after he was convicted of two assault fees stemming from a 2012 incident and sentenced to 6 months in jail.
His former girlfriend mentioned in 2012 that Henriquez backhanded her throughout her face and punched her within the chest a number of instances.
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Henriquez maintained his innocence all through the trial and after the sentence, saying in a public assertion after he was convicted that “any and all contact was at all times consensual” and that he “by no means touched my accuser in any approach that may trigger hurt or harm.”
Regardless of that, Mayor Walsh employed Henriquez to an $89,000-a-year particular assistant job that concerned antiviolence work in October 2018, along with his workplace telling the Boston Globe on the time that the Mayor “firmly believes in second possibilities.”
“Carlos Henriquez served his time and, after spending his profession supporting youth, serving to cut back violence, helping these in restoration, and offering trauma helps for households in want, he’s wanting to proceed this work,” a spokesperson for Walsh advised the newspaper.
However two weeks afterward Nov. 9 of 2018, Henriquez stepped down from his function with the Mayor. Walsh then advised the Boston Globe that he criticized Henriquez when he was convicted in 2014 and had requested him to resign from the state legislature on the time.
“I additionally made clear at the moment, and proceed to consider right this moment, that any violence in opposition to any girl at any time is completely unacceptable,” the Boston Mayor advised the Boston Globe on Nov. 9 after Henriquez stepped down.
Walsh’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark Saturday.
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President Biden nominated Walsh, who has an extended historical past with organized labor, to be his Labor Secretary earlier this month.
“I stay up for working with you to ship good jobs — jobs with dignity, safety, prosperity, and goal — to all American households,” Walsh mentioned in accepting the nomination Jan. 8.
The Related Press contributed to this report.