SF officer accused of violating protective order sentenced to 27 days in work program

A San Francisco police officer who faced domestic violence charges and nine counts of violating a protective order was sentenced today to less than a month in a work program, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Richard Soares was charged in February 2012 in connection with an incident that occurred the previous month with a girlfriend he was dating at the time.

During that incident, Soares, who was off-duty, was alleged to have been involved in an altercation with the woman outside a Union Square nightclub.

Soares reportedly pushed the woman to the ground, causing her to sustain 1-inch gash to the back of her head.

Soares at one point faced 11 charges related to the case: One count of felony assault, which the judge reduced to a misdemeanor, one felony count of dissuading a witness, and nine misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order, prosecutors said.

The jury in the case found Soares not guilty of the assault and dissuading a witness charges but found him guilty of nine counts of violating the restraining order.

Over prosecutors' objections, the judge in the case sentenced Soares to 27 days in a Sheriff's Department work program, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Soares has been out of custody on $60,000 bail and on unpaid leave from the police department during the duration of the trial.

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