Dade Medical College President Ernesto Perez Indicted For Lying About Past Assault on a Child

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Today, Ernesto Perez is the president of for-profit Dade Medical College, but back in the early '90s Perez was known as "Rhett O'Neil," an almost-rock star.

Perez has twice been appointed by governors to serve on the Commission on Independent Education, but in both cases failed to disclose his conviction on charges of sexual assault of a child -- the details of which were first reported by Miami New Times.

Today, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle indicted Perez for lying about those charges while expunging his record in Miami.

From our August 29th Story:

Onstage he was Rhett O'Neil, the frontman for a hard-rocking band called Young Turk. In 1989, the group signed a six-figure deal with BMG Geffen. Following the release of their first album, Perez and his bandmates went on a U.S. tour. After a May 11 show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, they returned to their hotel and partied with fans, including a 15-year-old girl who engaged in consensual sex with some of the band members. But under Wisconsin law, consensual sex with a minor is still considered rape.

The four Young Turk members were arrested two months after the alleged incident. Perez pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery. He served six months in a Wisconsin jail following a failed appeal and today declines to discuss the matter, adding that it has no relevance to Dade Medical College or his plans for Homestead.

Perez has since reinvented himself as a for-profit college impresario and a major investor in Homestead real estate. He hopes to turn Homestead into something of a "college town, USA" with Dade Medical College at its center. This despite the fact that DMC students have abysmal passing rates on their nursing license exams.

But Perez's mission is now tripped up by his indictment. Here's the release from the State Attorney's Office:

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.

Perez now stands charged with providing false information on a sworn statement (a third degree felony) and 1st degree misdemeanor charge of perjury.

Riptide left a message with a Dade Medical College spokeswoman about the charges; we'll update this post when we hear back.

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16 comments
student10
student10

Half the story has not been told. The public is clueless about the scams that goes on at DMC. The stories are endless. The fraudulent activities that the college does are just too many to blog. However, all this will be made very very public.  Finally, Perez will realize that even though he bought out the politicians in Miami and its surrounds, he is still not above the law!!  

orlandocancio
orlandocancio

Ernesto needs to stop trying to be the big cheese and resign from DMC as well. Instead of Xmas party he should give bonuses to those who help line his fat pocket. Count your money and let others properly run the school.

LISS
LISS

A current scummy FL governor who shall remain unnamed sure is fighting to get re-elected. Totally agree with Chard what the hell does a person's past have to do with getting a job done?

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

I get it he maybe a scumbag but what does this have to do with his ability to do the job?

Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

sure they checked his driving record, to be sure he had no DUI a century ago

Naymara Cruz
Naymara Cruz

WTF and registered as a sex offender as mandated by law? Who is this guys attorney? Who is he paying under the table?

elpngu
elpngu

Apparently, lying is what he does best. He's made a career out of it.  Karma baby. Karma is coming back to bite his lying, cheating, ass.

oopsie
oopsie

we still go La di da di da.

student10
student10

@orlandocancio 

From very good sources the history of DMC will somewhat be rewritten. Perez is clueless this time whats really coming!

student10
student10

@elpngu 

Totally with you on that. A scum to the lowest degree.

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