Vincent Calvarese, S.F. Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Domestic Violence, Appears in Court

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David Elliot Lewis, used with permission
Vincent Calvarese
Lt. Vincent Calvares, the sheriff's deputy charged in a domestic violence incident, appeared in court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence, assault, and false imprisonment.

SF Weekly broke the story on Tuesday that Calvares had been arrested last week and charged with domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted his ex-boyfriend at a Gold's Gym in the Castro. Prosecutors told the Examiner that Calvares, who is openly gay, threatened his ex, saying he was a "captain" and could have him arrested. Both men working out at the gym when Calvares, who is 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, confronted the much smaller victim in the locker room, prosecutors said. The couple had dated briefly between January and March.

Calvares accused his ex of being a liar and then attacked him. Even after witnesses tried to break up the fight, the deputy pounced on his victim again, prosecutors said.

Calvarese, 48, has been placed on administrative duty while "the judicial process plays out," Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Fahey told SF Weekly on Tuesday.

Calvarese was profiled in the 2009 documentary The Butch Factor. He has been a sheriff's deputy since 1994.

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