A sheriff’s lieutenant who is accused of attacking an ex-lover in a Gold’s Gym last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanors, prosecutors said.
Vincent Calvarese, 48, has been charged with domestic violence, assault and false imprisonment stemming from the alleged assault at the Market Street gym.
During the dispute, Calvarese threatened his ex by claiming to be a “captain” who could have him arrested, Assistant District Attorney Ilana Jacobs said. Both men happened to be working out at the same time when the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Calvarese confronted the 5-7, 200-pound victim in the locker room, prosecutors said.
Calvarese accused the other man of being a liar before attacking him, prosecutors said. After witnesses tried to break up the fight, Calvarese allegedly pounced on the man again.
The case has gained notoriety on two fronts — Calvarese was profiled in the 2009 documentary “The Butch Factor,” in which he spoke about being an openly gay law enforcement officer who works with inmates; and onlookers are interested to see how Calvarese’s case is handled after the messy suspension of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who in March pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment of his wife.