State senator Luis Sepúlveda turns himself in for allegedly assaulting wife

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Bronx state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda turned himself in to the NYPD Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting his wife, according to police sources. 

Sepúlveda, 56, and his wife, Elizabeth Sepúlveda, filed separate reports accusing each other of assault during a domestic dispute on Friday, Jan. 9.

The top Bronx Democrat — who chairs the state Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee — was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, sources said.

It was unclear whether his wife will be arrested, police sources said, adding it would be up to the Bronx district attorney. 

Sepúlveda was being processed Tuesday afternoon at Central Booking and is expected to appear before a judge.

Sepúlveda’s relationship with his wife has been strained in the past, and she had previously sought an order of protection against him — which was later withdrawn, according to the Gotham Gazette.

State Senate leadership will move to strip Sepúlveda of all committee assignments.

“We learned of this disturbing incident this morning. I am immediately removing Senator Sepúlveda as chair of his committee and from all his committee assignments,” announced state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) in a prepared statement.

“I take these allegations extremely seriously and will be monitoring this situation closely.”

State Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez (D-Bronx) called for the senator’s resignation on Twitter.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time allegations of domestic violence have been brought against Senator Sepúlveda. We need leadership that empowers women — I’m calling for the Senator to submit his resignation,” she tweeted. 

State Senate Republicans similarly decried the news.

“As Chair of the Crime Victims, Crime & Correction Committee, Senator Sepúlveda has an obligation to protect vulnerable individuals. Instead, he has advanced harmful policies that have made it more difficult for our law enforcement officials to do their jobs, and made our communities less safe,” said state Sen. Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport). 

“As an alleged abuser himself, he has no right leading that committee, and these allegations must be promptly investigated. If these allegations are true, he should resign immediately.”

A request for comment to Sepúlveda’s office from The Post was not immediately returned.

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