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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 06:44

Councilwoman faces battery and vandalism charges

San Fernando City Councilmember Maribel De La Torre is scheduled for an Aug. 21 arraignment in the San Fernando city courthouse.

De La Torre faces two misdemeanor counts of battery and vandalism following a physical fight with former Mayor and Councilmember Mario Hernandez that occurred in his residence on June 28. Hernandez, who is married, and De La Torre have been engaged in an affair, which Hernandez acknowledged last November.

Following the altercation, Hernandez filed a police report, and pictures were taken of bruising around his face and neck. Both Hernandez and De La Torre would file restraining orders against each other, but eventually withdrew them.

Hernandez – who resigned from the council on July 10 – also sought to recant the filed police report, but was told police are now mandated to take action when they see evidence of battery or domestic violence. After reviewing the report, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office decided to proceed with the case. The councilmember has been free on $25,000 bail.

De La Torre's attorneys are attempting to have the case taken out of San Fernando and tried elsewhere.