San Francisco police officer charged with domestic violence 

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A San Francisco police officer was charged today with assaulting a woman he was dating during an off-duty incident in January, a district attorney's office spokeswoman said.

Richard Soares was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor domestic violence battery in connection with the Jan. 7 incident, which occurred at the Slide nightclub at 430 Mason St., prosecutors said.

Soares allegedly pushed the woman, causing her to hit her head and suffer a 1-inch laceration to the back of her head, district attorney's office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said. He could be arraigned on the charges, which carry a maximum sentence of four years in state prison, as soon as Tuesday, Stillman said.

Police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said that Soares, who worked in the department's field operations bureau, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

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