Judge rules Ontario city councilor is credible threat to former girlfriend, imposes year-long order

Ontario Councilor Freddy Rodriguez speaks at the Black Lives Matter rally at Ontario City Hall on June 4. (Rachel Parsons/The Enterprise)

A state judge on Tuesday ruled that Alfredo “Freddy” Rodriguez, an Ontario city councilor, was a credible threat to a former girlfriend and ordered him to stay away from her for a year.

Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff, a judge from Baker County handling the matter, ruled after hours of testimony in Malheur County Circuit Court as Rodriguez contested a temporary restraining order issued against him a month ago.

The restraining order was sought by a former girlfriend. The Enterprise does not identify victims of domestic abuse.

Shirtcliff said his decision was “an extremely close call,” and he had to filter through some claims that simply reflected “a bad relationship.” However, he said his . . .