SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A manager at a Suffolk Burger King is accused of sexually assaulting a male employee at the restaurant.
According to Suffolk Police, the assault occurred Saturday night around 8 p.m. in the 2900 block of Bridge Road, also known as Route 17. Michael Thaddeus Smith was arrested Sunday and charged with abduction and forcible sodomy.
Court documents obtained by WAVY.com indicate the incident occurred at the Burger King where Smith was a manager. The court documents say Smith cornered the victim and performed a sex act in a bathroom before giving him $20 not to tell anyone.
A former employee of the same Burger King told WAVY.com he warned his bosses about Smith months ago. He said Smith took a young male employee into a bathroom to show him how to clean it, and when the two came out the young employee confided in him that Smith had made inappropriate comments about his appearance and physique.
Both the District Manager and Franchise Owner deny they had any previous knowledge of inappropriate behavior of Smith.
John Naparlo with N&R Dining, the company that owns the Burger King, gave a statement to WAVY.com:
"The safety and security of all employees and crew members is a top priority at all Burger King restaurants owned and operated by N&R Dining, Inc. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior and workplace violence. After reviewing the police report and conducting our own internal inquiry, we have decided to terminate the employee involved in this incident. Authorities are continuing to investigate this incident and we are cooperating fully with the Suffolk Police Department."
Smith remains incarcerated at this time. Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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