Denver Sheriff’s Department captain accused of assaulting boyfriend

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DENVER -- A captain with the Denver Sheriff's Department was arrested Sunday on domestic violence charges and is expected to go before a judge Monday.

According to court documents, Capt. Sonya Gillespie was arrested at her home in Green Valley Ranch. Neighbors said three Denver Police cars were in front of her home on Sunday morning.

Denver Police confirmed the arrest, but would not give any details.

A source told FOX31 Denver that Gillespie had thrown a cell phone at her fiance, who is an Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputy. That source said that the fiance was not injured.

Neighbors said in the past they had seen Gillespie's fiance visiting the home.

"I seen him, I guess when he comes home, but never hear anything," said Mae Deuth, who lives across the street from Gillespie.

Gillespie, according to neighbors, lives at her home with her children and is known for helping people around the neighborhood.

"She's like a mom, you can go to her and talk to her if you have any issues, she's always there.  She's just a really nice person. She's willing to help anybody in any situation," Deuth said.




  • Andrew Harkins

    Really KDVR? this is news? it seems you sure love to hate the police a lot lately. how any of you all are perfect ? no wonder the the public distrusts police.

      • Andrew Harkins

        lol really dude ?
        I’m sure I could find some opinion websites too. the fact is the media only cares about sensationalism, and they feed on suckers like you to believe everything they say. There are always two sides to every story and they have yet to get hers.

    • Dale Gross

      I have never known a cop to not lie. Even when the evidence is strong against the accused, they feel the need to lie; and it is all the more true when the evidence is insufficient. People are having their lives ruined because they think that cops hold the moral high ground. So stories like this, while not important otherwise, are needed to bring truth and integrity to criminal justice.

  • thisismyboomstick

    Yea lol really dude. I didn’t link an opinion website, I linked to a site that listed instances of police misconduct that answers your question about why people don’t trust the police. I’m not a sucker and I don’t believe everything “they” say but I’ll believe the news before I believe you.

  • Curt Woody Woodruff

    I am dealing with a domestic violence issue right now and I tell you what if the courts expedite the process for these law enforcement people, I will raise holy hell. The legal system has separated my family and put protection orders and fear into our family causing stress, depression and anxiety unlike anything imaginable. I do not trust the legal system…sorry, this experience has forced my opinion.

  • Dan Cha

    Sponsors run the news (Ha! there’s a news flash) when stories such as this non-story appears, I avoid purchasing nearly every product on that page.

  • annpirie

    The only reason this is in the news and put out there for all of us to comment is because they are members of Law Enforcement. These situations run rampant . . . most officers’ calls are about domestic violence, a very “popular” malady in relationships. Never hear a word about all of those.

    • Dale Gross

      Maybe we should be hearing about all these DV calls. Society would then have more people to demonize. Eventually, we could get a very elitist society, maybe 15% of society lucky enough to never get caught doing anything “wrong” and the other 85% can be slaves to the 15%.

  • Dale Gross

    For people like Andrew Harkins (above), I agree that there are two sides to every story; it’s just that society always believes the state’s story. This cop represents the state when she goes to court. Stories like this are needed so people realize that the state does not have an exclusive in occupying the moral high ground. Instead of tossing out all the stops to convict innocent people or trying to continually demonize people who got in trouble ages ago, perhaps society and the state should clean up their own backyard first.

    • Andrew Harkins

      ok .. just acouple of things, one it’s a job, it does not define who she is, do you represent your job 24/7 ? …diddnt think so, and two she works for Denver, which is a city and a county, not a state genius.


    Who even cares, its not like she pulled her duty weapon and threatened to shoot him…… She wasn’t even on duty at this point if she was arrested at her home. This victim who works at the arapahoe county sheriff office knows there is no need to call the police and put her job on the line if he knows she has children to take care of.

  • Anonymous

    A DV is a DV. With them both being in law enforcement they know this. Now everyone can argue about cops lying this and that, whatever. Matter at hand is things got physical and he took charge and called the police instead of reacting violently. No one is to say how far things would’ve gone if neither one called. So I think she should be held responsible like any other person that has been through a DV case.

  • Kae Mechiso

    Was she really the highest scoring and best qualified to be promoted to her captains position? Best review the promotion panels history of promoting based upon a quota. Black mayor, black police chief so why not a black sheriff’s captain?

  • dougsmith42

    Domestic violence for throwing a phone and MISSING? We all know, police beat up and verbally abuse citizens all day long, but shame if you do it to one of your own. HAHA.

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