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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina investigated for domestic violence

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina)
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina)

A state assemblyman from Southern California accused of domestic violence is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Chief Frank Wills said his agency turned over a domestic violence investigation involving Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) to the Sheriff's Department.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Chief Wills said on Tuesday that he wants to avoid any appearance of bias because Hernandez  filed complaints against seven city police officers in 2007.

The investigation involves allegations by a woman who had been dating Hernandez that he physically abused her in July.

Wills said police served Hernandez with an emergency protective order Sunday after responding to a disturbance call at a local restaurant, where Hernandez and the woman were dining.

Hernandez's attorney Anthony Falangetti told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Monday night that the accusations were completely false and politically motivated.