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San Francisco County Sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, Charged with Domestic Violence Against Wife, Eliana López, a Former Venezuelan Telenovela Star

San Francisco County Sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, Charged with Domestic Violence Against Wife, Eliana López, a Former Venezuelan Telenovela Star

San Francisco County sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi was charged Friday afternoon with misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment and dissuading a witness, due to a New Year’s eve incident with his wife, Eliana López, a former Venezuelan telenovela star.

Mirkarmi, 50, was sworn in as county sheriff five day before the charges were filed and Mirkarmi and his wife says they will fight the charges, according to the Los Angeles Times.

District Attorney George Gascon told the L.A. Times that that police are investigating the possibility that Mirkarimi may have prior incidents of spousal abuse.

A judge was expected to sign an emergency protective order that bars Mirkarmi from both his home and prevent him from carrying a firearm, according to the article.

“While this case involves a high-profile elected official, we are treating this case as we would any of the hundreds of domestic violence cases we review and charge each year,” Gascon told the times. “While I do not relish having to bring charges against a San Francisco elected official … it is my solemn duty to bring criminal charges when the evidence supports such action.”

Mirarmi and his wife held a press conference where they vowed to fight the charges.

“As I’ve said before, I don’t have any complaint against my husband,” López said at the press conference. “We are together and we are fine. We are going to fight this. This is my family, my husband and my son.… This iscompletely wrong,” the L.A. Times reported.

The incident is garnering significant media attention including SF Weekly which wrote it’s concerned about the message the sheriff is sending about domestic violence.

“For a top city law enforcement official to describe abuse allegations in which a police report has been filed and an investigation is under way as ‘a private matter, a family matter’ — as Mirkarimi did — is both legally incorrect,” SF Weekly wrote in an editorial, ” and sends the disturbing message that accusations of domestic violence are to be kept behind closed doors.”

One former San Francisco official says it’s too early for the board of supervisors to take any action before the criminal case is finished.

“It would be entirely premature,” former country supervisor Aaron Peskin told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It would not only be political, but it could interfere with the criminal justice process.”

On April 21, 2009, Mirkarimi and López became parents to their son, Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi. They met at an environmental conference in Brazil, according to Wikipedia.

López has not Tweeted since the alleged incident. You can follow her at @Elilopezu.

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