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Rep. Jovan Melton on arrest controversy: ‘I’ve never tried to hide it’

Author: Marshall Zelinger, 9News - November 12, 2018 - Updated: November 12, 2018

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State Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, talks to 9News. (KUSA-9News, Denver)

State Rep. Jovan Melton was just re-elected to the House of Representatives for the fourth time, despite reports that surfaced a month ago that he had been arrested twice on suspicion of domestic violence 19 and 10 years ago.

In the earlier case, the Aurora Democrat was convicted of harassment, placed under a permanent restraining order and given a 12-month deferred sentence. In the latter arrest, the matter was dismissed.

Melton, who had previously ignored texts and voicemails from 9News, attended a House Democratic leadership caucus meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, and we were there to ask if voters should have known about his past prior to his first election in 2012.

“I’ve never sealed my record, I’ve never tried to seal my record,” he said.

“I’ve gone through numerous background checks. Before I was elected, I worked in the lieutenant governor’s office downstairs. I went through an extensive background check at that point. I’ve gone through numerous background checks.”

He added: “It’s not like this is the first or the second or the third time I’ve been elected. This is the fourth time I’ve been elected, so should the voters know? I’ve never tried to hide it.”

Melton has denied he committed “any violence against the women” in the incidents for which he was arrested.

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Correction: Melton’s first name is Jovan.

Marshall Zelinger, 9News

Marshall Zelinger, 9News