- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was ordered Friday to keep away from his ex-wife for three years amid allegations that he abused her during their brief marriage.

Hernandez, D-West Covina, must stay 100 yards away from Susan Rubio, her home and workplace under a restraining order issued by a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where their divorce also was finalized on Friday.

He also must stay 15 feet from the Baldwin Park city councilwoman at public events.

“It’s a victory for all victims of domestic violence today,” Rubio’s attorney, Crystal Boultinghouse, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (http://bit.ly/29bnkGN). “Even if they don’t come forward at the very beginning, it’s a message that they can still come forward and get protection.”

Through his attorney, Hernandez declined to comment about the decision to the paper.

However, Hernandez had denied the abuse allegations in court documents.

A call to Hernandez’s Capitol office from The Associated Press seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Hernandez has represented the San Gabriel Valley east of downtown Los Angeles since 2010 and is seeking to unseat Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, in the November election for the 32nd Congressional District.

The assemblyman and Rubio were married in June 2013. Hernandez filed for divorce in December 2014.

Rubio sought the restraining order in April and testified that at different times Hernandez accused her of having an affair, choked her with a belt, beat her with a broom, punched her in the chest and threatened her with a knife.

“The court finds her presentation and demeanor credibly shows a victim of abuse,” Judge Shelley Kaufman said in issuing the order.

Calling domestic abuse “deplorable,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon responded to the judge’s order by announcing that he intends to remove Hernandez from his committee assignments.

Hernandez “has problems in his personal life that need to be addressed, and he should focus on resolving them,” Rendon said in a statement.

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