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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)

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