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State Representative facing domestic violence charges

Domestic violence is a very disturbing type of crime, and one that Connecticut courts take very seriously. When a person whom one loves and shares a life with violates that trust through hurtful actions, the effects can be devastating. Aside from the criminal ramifications of domestic violence charges, there are social ones, as well. Our culture looks down upon those who choose to harm the people closest to them, and many offenders find themselves ostracized within their communities. Unfortunately, this can occur in instances in which the charges are later dropped, dismissed or proven false in a court of law.

A recent domestic dispute has led to the arrest of a Connecticut State Representative. Christina Ayala only recently won her seat in the 128th District. The Democrat was elected by an overwhelming majority. However, her political career may be threatened by the recent events that brought police to her residence.

Police arrived at 11:45 p.m. on a recent Monday night at a residence shared by Ayala and her boyfriend. They encountered the boyfriend, a 37-year-old male, on the porch of the home in a drunken state. He told officers that he was sleeping on the couple's couch when Ayala slapped him on his face. He also admitted that the two had been fighting earlier, at which time he called police for assistance.

Ayala confirmed that the two had been fighting after the man returned home from a night of drinking. She also asserted that he had been unfaithful, which also contributed to the arguing. At first, Ayala stated that she had not struck her boyfriend, but later admitted doing so. During the interviews, the boyfriend became loud and aggressive with police, which led to his arrest and charges of breach of peace.

At this time, Ayala also faces a charge of breach of peace. As the investigation continues, it is possible that she could face domestic violence charges in the matter. As for now, the Connecticut Rep. is dealing with public speculation about her fitness for service within her elected role, and may face considerable pressure to step down from her position. As this case moves to court, she will likely present an aggressive defense in order to avoid a conviction, especially if domestic violence charges are issued against her.

Source: ctpost.com, "State Rep. Christina Ayala charged in domestic fight," Daniel Tepfer, Keila Torres and Brian Lockhart, Dec. 4, 2012

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