San Francisco Police Officer Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

February 17, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Omid Talai, (415) 553-9272

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the bringing of assault charges against Richard Soares, a San Francisco Police Officer. Soares is charged with having assaulted a young woman he was dating while he was off-duty.

“Domestic violence cuts across all segments of society and is a crime that my office takes very seriously,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Regardless of who is involved, we will prosecute these cases when there is sufficient evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.”

According to court documents, on January 7, 2012, Soares, and a young woman he was dating, attended a birthday party at Slides nightclub. During the course of that evening Soares pushed the young woman and she hit her head sustaining a one inch laceration to the back of her head.

The defendant is charged with one count of violating California Penal Code section 245(a)(4) (assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury) as a felony, and one count of violating California Penal Code section 243(e) (battery on a person with whom the defendant has a dating relationship) a misdemeanor. The maximum potential penalty for this offense is 4 years in State Prison. The penalty for these offenses can range from probation with mandatory Domestic Violence counseling up to four years in State Prison served in the local county jail.

The case was investigated by the San Francisco Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Ana Gonzalez is prosecuting the case.