Sheriff's Lt. faces
domestic violence charges
by Seth Hemmelgarn
A gay San Francisco sheriff's lieutenant was set to be arraigned after being arrested in an alleged domestic violence incident last week.
Vincent Calvarese, 48, was arrested Thursday, July 19. He was expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon, July 25 in San Francisco Superior Court on misdemeanor counts of domestic violence-related battery, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and false imprisonment, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. It's not clear what Calvarese's relationship to the alleged victim was.
[Updated 7/26/12: Calvarese pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday.
According to Bastian, Calvarese and the victim had dated for a few months earlier this year. They both happened to be at the Gold's at 2301 Market Street at the same time at about 10:30 p.m. July 19.
Calvarese allegedly approached the victim, who was working out on the gym's second floor, and accused him of lying about something during their relationship. The victim got up and walked down the stairs to the locker room. Calvarese allegedly followed the victim and pushed and punched him. A couple of witnesses tried to hold him back, but Calvarese apparently broke free. At one point, Calvarese allegedly pushed the victim against a wall and punched him repeatedly. He also allegedly told the victim, "I'm a captain. I can have you arrested."
The victim, who is in his 30s and suffered welts and similar injuries, pushed and punched back during the incident, but based on witness statements and video footage supporting the charges, Calvarese was the aggressor, Bastian said. He didn't know whether there had been any incidents of violence during the two men's relationship. According to police, Calvarese is 6 feet 3 inches and 224 pounds. The victim appears to be smaller.
The judge issued a protective order for Calvarese to stay 100 yards away from the victim, the gym, and the victim's residence. He's not allowed to possess firearms.
Judith Odbert, Calvarese's attorney, hasn't responded to interview requests. The next hearing is August 14 for a status update.]
Calvarese, who's been with the sheriff's department since 1994, is on administrative duty. Sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Fahey said if disciplinary action is taken, it won't be until after the judicial process is completed. Fahey couldn't comment on whether Calvarese has been arrested or disciplined before, since that would be part of his personnel record. She said she didn't know whether he has a partner.
He was released from San Francisco County jail at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, July 20 on $10,000 bail.
According to SF Weekly, which first reported on Calvarese's arrest, the alleged incident occurred at Gold's Gym in the Castro district.
Gold's general manager Blake Smith declined to comment.
Calvarese appeared in the 2009 documentary The Butch Factor, in which he discussed being out in the sheriff's department.