An associate professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest in Lebanon is charged with domestic violence after being arrested Saturday.
Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded about 1:09 p.m. to John Enrique Mata’s home on the 7500 block of Northwest Mountain View Drive in Corvallis, Undersheriff Greg Ridler said. A 29-year-old woman with whom Mata had been living had bruises on her face and said Mata had assaulted her, Ridler said. Deputies arrested Mata and booked him into the Benton County Jail.
Mata, 57, is an associate professor of pharmacology, said Jeff Keating, executive director of public affairs at Western University of Health Sciences. COMP-Northwest is a branch campus of Western University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
On Monday, Mata appeared in Benton County Circuit Court via videoconferencing from the jail. Defense attorney Nicolas Ortiz represented Mata, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence. The charge is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail upon conviction.
Judge Locke Williams approved Mata’s conditional release from jail. The judge ordered Mata to have no contact with the alleged victim. Mata was released from jail following the hearing.
The next hearing in the case is set for May 21.