Jocelyn Smith, who unsuccessfully ran against State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, in the Republican primary last year, has admitted to coercion as part of a plea agreement.
Smith, 37, of Fairborn, changed her plea to guilty to the second-degree misdemeanor while the more serious charge of extortion, a third-degree felony, was dismissed as part of a deal with the special prosecutor from Madison County, Stephen J. Pronai, according to records with Greene County Common Pleas Court.
At the news conference, Smith addressed Perales, stating, "Please don't force me to release the rest of the text messages and other mountains of evidence ... I think you know the honorable thing to do is to step down."
Perales, who is married, admitted sending inappropriate sexually oriented text messages to Smith during a brief consensual relationship in early 2015 but denied that he choked, kissed or touched her in any intimate way. Perales said Smith sent him topless photos of herself but that he did not send any sexually oriented photos to her.