Seems Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson is no stranger to domestic violence, because TMZ found out his dirty secrets, finding out Johnson was found guilty of battering a woman in 2000.
According to court records, Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in L.A. on February 7, 2000 to his then girlfriend. She told police Johnson had accused her of cheating and slapped her in the face.
Johnson was just 22 years old at the time and pled no contest, the court found him guilty of domestic battery. Chad was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to serve 45 days in L.A. County Jail. But Johnson struck a deal with the court which allowed him to avoid jail, as long as he completed 30 days of graffiti removal work with CalTrans. Johnson was also required to complete a 12 month batterer’s counseling program and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
It’s reported Johnson didn’t complete his probation requirements in a timely manner and he blew off the community service and the violence program for years.
After a judge tacked on an additional 15 days of graffiti removal, Johnson finally completed his legal obligations in 2002, while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Johnson told police he did nothing wrong this time around. He’s expected back in court soon to enter his plea.