A former Bellevue man had a sex-related felony dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea to domestic violence.
Rudolph Perez, 47, now of Rocky Ridge, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of domestic violence. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of sexual battery, also in connection with the same Dec. 15 incident.
Perez’s conviction is for a fourth-degree felony, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. In mid-April, he originally was indicted on a third-degree felony.
“I’m not sure he remembers everything. Unfortunately, this was an alcohol-related incident,” Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
Perez assaulted his live-in girlfriend at their Bellevue apartment “after some heavy drinking,” Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Once the Bellevue Police Department arrived, officers found bruises on both of the victim’s biceps and scratches on her chin, Woodruff said.
The victim was in the courtroom Monday. Woodruff said the woman agreed to the terms of the plea deal, which Prosecutor Russell Leffler had handled.
The defendant’s April 12 indictment indicates Perez “was convicted of domestic violence twice” in Bellevue and Tiffin municipal courts.
Perez, who will be sentenced Aug. 21, earlier posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond. He is prohibited from having any association with the victim.