Democratic leader in Colorado House charged with domestic violence twice in past two decades

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 16:55:43-04

A Democratic leader in the Colorado House was arrested twice in the past two decades on charges related to domestic violence involving two girlfriends, according to police reports, court records and interviews conducted by The Denver Post.

Boulder police arrested Jovan Melton in December 1999 on charges of trespassing and harassment related to domestic violence, according to Boulder police records. Melton is now an Aurora representative and Democratic majority whip.

In 2008, Denver police arrested Melton on a misdemeanor assault charge that was also related to domestic violence, according to court documents.

The Aurora Democrat, then 20, pleaded guilty to harassment in the 1999 case. He received a 12-month deferred sentence, according to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. The 2008 case was dismissed.

Melton flatly denied any wrongdoing in both cases in interviews with The Denver Post this week.

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