Internet mogul accused of domestic violence pleads guilty to two misdemeanors

MIKE KOOZMIN/2008 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTOGurbaksh Chahal

MIKE KOOZMIN/2008 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTOGurbaksh Chahal

The Internet mogul accused of dozens of counts of domestic violence pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts Wednesday and will serve no time in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Gurbaksh Chahal, 31, who lives in San Francisco's Rincon Hill neighborhood, was originally accused of 47 counts of domestic violence in connection with a reportedly violent incident with a girlfriend in his apartment Aug. 5, 2013.

Chahal pleaded guilty to one charge of domestic violence battery and one count of battery, with the remaining charges dismissed.

Earlier this month, Chahal's defense was able to convince the judge in his case that video surveillance footage taken from Chahal's bedroom by police as evidence was unlawfully seized and allowed it to be suppressed.

“We disagree with the judge's suppression of the video,” Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. “The judge's ruling substantially weakened the evidence we had for prosecution.”

Prosecutors also cited the lack of cooperation from the victim in the case that led to the plea deal.

Chahal will be placed on three years probation, and will have to complete a 52-week domestic violence training class as well as perform 25 hours of community service.

“Though it is not the outcome we had hoped for, the case has reached a resolution where the defendant acknowledges guilt, is placed on domestic violence probation and has to take domestic violence classes,” Bastian said.

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