Former Gaslamp Quarter Restaurant Owner Arrested for Sexual Assault, Denies Allegations and Pauses Business

Gaslamp-area restaurant business owner sentenced to jail for alleged sexual assaults

Geoffrey Enrico Cole, the former owner of a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two acquaintances at his downtown business last spring. The alleged assaults occurred on May 27, 2023, at Chefs SD on F Street. Cole, 41, was taken into custody by the San Diego Police Department and booked into county jail on charges of sexual battery and indecent exposure. However, he is not currently in custody as the grand opening of his new restaurant, Brunch After Dark or BAD, took place hours before his arrest.

In a statement posted on his Instagram page, Cole denied any knowledge of the allegations and professed his innocence. He stated that he did not know the details of the crimes he was accused of or who the alleged victims were. As a result, he announced that he would be pausing all current business ventures in the city of San Diego until further notice.

This incident has drawn significant attention and concern within the community. It is important for the legal process to investigate and determine the truth of the allegations. The San Diego Police Department is actively working on this case, and more information will be released as the investigation progresses. Cole’s future in the restaurant industry remains uncertain as he faces these serious charges.

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