A Democratic leader in the Colorado House of Representatives apologized Tuesday to two women with whom he was involved years ago after a report surfaced that he had been arrested twice on suspicion of domestic violence, but he also denied he had committed “any violence against the women.”

State Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora, the Democratic deputy majority whip of the Colorado House, issued the apology after The Denver Post reported the arrests, which happened 19 and 10 years ago.

Both incidents took place before Melton, 39, was first elected in 2012 to the General Assembly from House District 41 in Arapahoe County. He is running unopposed for his fourth and final term in the House next month.

In a statement to Colorado Politics, Melton acknowledged that “violence or aggression against women is never OK,” and that the Post story, as well as police reports detailed by the Denver newspaper, “demonstrate that as a young man I fundamentally lacked the emotional acuity to be able to properly manage emotional and stressful situations.”

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