Smith alleged that Perales had choked, forcibly kissed, fondled and sexted with her in 2015. Perales admitted sending inappropriate sexually oriented text messages to Smith during a brief consensual relationship in early 2015 but denies that he choked, kissed or touched her in any intimate way.
Perales filed an extortion complaint with Fairborn Police after Smith threatened at a news conference to release information she said proved her allegations if he didn’t resign from the House and withdraw from the race.
“Please don’t force me to release the rest of the text messages and other mountains of evidence,” Smith said at the March 27 news conference in Fairborn. “I think you know the honorable thing to do is to step down.”
See the Facebook Live of Smith’s March 27 news conference
Greene County Prosecutor Stephen K. Haller had earlier referred the case to a special prosecutor, Madison County Prosecutor Stephen J. Pronai, to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
“The indictment against my client, Jocelyn Smith, is a politically motivated witch hunt by the Greene County ‘good-old-boys’ network and a prosecutorial abuse of discretion and power that will be vigorously defended against,” said Smith’s attorney, Ben Swift, in an email after the indictment was announced last month. “We look forward to our day in court when all of the true facts will come out.”
Perales, a former Greene County commissioner and Beavercreek councilman, said he just wants to focus on serving his western Greene County 73rd District, which he has represented since 2013.
“There are no winners in this situation. Justice just needs to take its course,” Perales said after the indictement was announced. “People have to be held accountable for their words and deeds. I remain focused on winning in November.”
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