A pizza company owner in New York is being arraigned on charges that he molested a 14-year-old girl.
Dominican Pizza Company, owner Angelo Sala, 37, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and indecent assault.
The woman, who cannot be named because she is a minor, said she had dinner at the restaurant with Sala on Nov. 12 and had an intimate encounter that night.
The restaurant had its shut down for three days, and it reopened only on Nov 14.
Sala is the co-owner of Dominos pizza chain and is a celebrity chef who has been a regular on the TV cooking shows “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
He was not at the pizza shop when the incident occurred and no video or audio was taken of the encounter.
The accuser, who is now 14, said that she went into the restaurant alone with Salas son, but he and other employees continued to chat and eat while she was alone.
The accuser said she was later sexually harassed by him when she went to the bathroom.
The woman, a senior at the New York High School for the Arts, is a member of a sorority, said her lawyer, William McAlpine.
The sorority declined to comment on the case.
Salas attorney, David Sperling, declined to talk about the allegations against the owner.
Sala was arrested Nov. 16, after police were called to a home in New Jersey.
He is expected to be released on bail in February.
Dominos spokesman, Steve DeFilippo, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the company had taken the matter very seriously.
He said the company would not tolerate any behavior that would compromise the safety of our guests or the business.