The charges, both felonies, could land him in state prison if he is convicted. Mr. Smith, 42, is a resident of San Carlos and is out of custody.
He is accused of severely beating an ex-boyfriend of his former girlfriend, breaking his nose and bones around one of his eyes, prosecutors said. The attack took place in August. Mr. Smith, while on duty, searched Redwood City bars for his former girlfriend, prosecutors said. Later when he was off duty, he pushed his way into his ex-girlfriend's home in Redwood City, they said. After his arrest, Mr. Smith bailed out on a $50,000 bond.
Mr. Smith is no longer employed by the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said, adding that since it was a personnel issue, she would not discuss the circumstances of his departure from the department.
Redwood City police re-arrested him in December on suspicion that he violated a court order to avoid contact with the ex-girlfriend.
Mr. Smith was charged with preventing or dissuading his ex-girlfriend from reporting the incident to police, a misdemeanor. He is out of custody, but this time on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said. A preliminary hearing on all charges is set for Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.
Mr. Smith's attorney, Joshua Bentley of San Carlos, has not yet responded to a request for comment.