Gov. Patrick and Mayor Walsh Urge Rep. Henriquez to Resign after Conviction

By David Li,

Boston, Jan. 15, 2015, — State Representative Carlos Henriquez was convicted on two counts of assault and battery by a six-member jury today. Mr. Henriquez will serve a six-month jail sentence after the conviction. Henriquez is accused of hitting girlfriend Katherine Gonzalves in an incident in Arlington.
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Governor Deval Patrick released the following statement: “In light of today’s jury verdict, Representative Henriquez should immediately resign from the House.”

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh served in the same State House chamber as Henriquez. Mayor Walsh wrote in a statement: “In light of this, I would encourage Rep. Henriquez to resign, in the best interests of the constituents he represents. Violence against women is an epidemic, and is totally and universally unacceptable. This case shines a spotlight on something that plagues our nation every single day. Nearly one quarter of women in this country have experienced violence; Boston is no exception to these startling facts.”

The State House News Service reports that Henriquez was taken out of the Medford courtroom in handcuffs. The judge ordered him to spend six months of a two-and-a-half year sentence in the Middlesex County House of Corrections.

Rep. Henriquez is a resident of Dorchester. According to his legislature profile page, he serves in the following House committees: Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Joint Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means.