Accused of Not Disclosing Conviction, CEO of For-Profit College Resigns

Ernesto Perez has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Dade Medical College, a for-profit institution in Florida, less than a week after prosecutors charged him with perjury and providing false information through a sworn statement, according to reports by The Miami Herald and the South Florida Business Journal.

The charges against Mr. Perez stemmed from accusations that he had failed to disclose his criminal history on a government questionnaire he filled out when he was appointed to the Commission for Independent Education, which monitors for-profit colleges in the state.

The Herald reported previously that Mr. Perez had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and exposing his genitals to a child after being arrested in 1990. That arrest happened when Mr. Perez, who was in his 20s at the time, was playing in a heavy-metal band. The newspaper said the victim was a 15-year-old fan.

The Business Journal cited a memorandum in which Mr. Perez told employees that the college would have new leadership.

“We want to assure you that we will continue business as usual as we focus on excellence at our higher-educational institution,” he wrote.

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