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Kenosha Restaurant Manager Accused of Sex Crimes with Underage Employees

A former manager at a Kenosha restaurant is being held on a $100,000 bond following his arrest for various sex crimes with children - some allegedly happening at that restaurant where he was employed.

Until recently 22-year-old John Simonelli worked at a local restaurant. A criminal complaint outlines how he sexual assaulted multiple people - including two underage employees at the restaurant.

Most of the inappropriate sexual advances happened either inside or close to the restaurant, according to the criminal complaint.

One victim was identified as as a 16-year-old employee. In January of this year Simonelli "tried to kiss her...the defendant then proceeded to unbuckle [her] pants...and pulled her pants down to her ankles. [she] told the defendant 'I don't want to do it'. The defendant replied, 'It'll be alright'," according to a criminal complaint.

These encounters happened multiple times adding to the 14 charges against Simonelli including child enticement, exposing genitals, sexual intercourse with a child, and false imprisonment.

The allegations are spread across two young employees - the other working with him in 2015.

According to court documents, in June of 2015 the other employee was with Simonelli in the restaurant near a bread rack. 

"[she] reports that the defendant then pulled his erect penis out of his pants...poking her body...she got up and pushed the bread rack...[and] the defendant fell onto the bread," according to a criminal complaint.

In March of 2016 Simonelli quit the job, according to court documents.

Investigators report the restaurant's owner called the parents of the young employees when he found out what had happened.

Prosecutors said Simonelli also works as an emergency medical technician with a private ambulance company.


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