SWORN STATEMENTS TRIP UP EDUCATOR ERNESTO PEREZ
Unacknowledged Prior Criminal Conviction Leads to Charges
Miami (October 18, 2013) At the conclusion of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation, Dade Medical College President Ernesto Perez has been charged by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office with felony and misdemeanor crimes relating to his actions undertaken to expunge a criminal arrest and relating to his appointment and re-appointment to the Commission on Independent Education. In both these circumstances Ernesto Perez, also known as Rhett O’Neil, failed to acknowledge his 1990 criminal arrest for the charge of a Second Degree, Sexual Assault of a Child, his pleading “no contest” to the Misdemeanor crimes of Battery and Exposing Genitals to Child, his conviction by a Wisconsin court and his 180 day jail sentence.
Specifics, outlined in the arrest warrant, deal with the following events:
On February 27, 2012, Perez completed an FDLE, Application for Certification of Eligibility to expunge a Miami area arrest. As part of the expungement process, Perez submitted a sworn and notarized “Affidavit in Support to Expunge” to the Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in September 2012, stating that he had never been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense or a comparable ordinance violation. Based upon this sworn affidavit, the Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit issued an order expunging Perez’ 2002 arrest on October 16, 2012.
In July of 2013, FDLE conducted a review of Ernesto Armando Perez’ 2009, 2011, and 2012 “Senate Confirmation Questionnaires.” These notarized documents were signed by Perez for appointment and re-appointment consideration to the Commission on Independent Education. On these documents, Perez failed to disclose his arrest and conviction in the State of Wisconsin.
As a result, Ernesto Armando Perez is charged with:
• 1 Count Expungement/False Information On Sworn Statement (3rd Degree Felony)
• 2 Counts Perjury Not In Official Proceeding (1st Degree Misdemeanors)