A second woman has come forward with domestic violence allegations against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, according to a law enforcement source.
The woman, Christina Flores, filed a report with police over the weekend alleging that Mirkarimi shook her and grabbed her by the arm while the two were dating in 2008, according to the law enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Flores told police that the incident left her bruised, and that Mirkarimi was controlling and had anger issues, the source said.
Mirkarimi is currently facing three misdemeanor charges — domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness — in connection with a New Year’s Eve incident at his Western Addition home with his wife, Eliana Lopez. The couple has publicly denied there was any abuse, and the sheriff has called it "a private matter, a family matter." Mirkarimi, a former supervisor who was sworn in as sheriff earlier this month, has pleaded not guilty and is free on $35,000 bail.
On Monday, a judge set the trial date for Feb. 24. The court has barred the sheriff from having any contact with his wife or their 2-year-old son until after the trial.
Mirkarimi’s attorney, Robert Waggener, couldn’t be reached for comment about Flores’ allegations of abuse.
Because the alleged 2008 incident with Flores happened so long ago, the statute of limitations may have run out if it were deemed a misdemeanor, the law enforcement source said. However, Flores’ allegations could be used by prosecutors in the domestic violence case involving his wife to show a pattern of abusive behavior by Mirkarimi.
In that case, Lopez told a neighbor that her husband became violent during an argument they had on New Year’s Eve, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The neighbor videotaped Lopez tearfully describing the incident and a bruise on her bicep allegedly caused by Mirkarimi, the affidavit said.
Lopez has staunchly defended her husband in public. She has retained her own attorney and is not cooperating with police. Last week during an interview with a radio station in Venezuela, Lopez suggested her husband was the victim of a political conspiracy.
"This story is much more complicated than it appears, and there are powerful forces behind this," she told the station.