An Upper Arlington man posted bond Wednesday, May 1, after being arrested on charges related to gross sexual imposition against an employee at Alex's Bistro, 4681 Reed Road.
Justin James Albert Gosetto, 29, of Braunton Road in Upper Arlington, also was charged with possessing a firearm while under disability. He posted a $50,000 bond May 1 and was released from the Franklin County jail following his arrest April 29 on felony charges of gross sexual imposition by force and having a weapon under disability.
According to Upper Arlington police, Gosetto was arrested outside the restaurant just before midnight April 29.
Upper Arlington Police Chief Brian Quinn confirmed Gosetto is alleged to have made sexual advances toward a female restaurant employee, which included touching her breasts and putting his hands inside her pants.
“After this incident, (the female employee) fled,” he said.
Quinn said the incident occurred about 11:40 p.m. April 29 and the woman called police from an intersection near the restaurant shortly afterward. In the meantime, he said, Gosetto left the restaurant in his vehicle but made several attempts to contact the woman via her mobile telephone.
Quinn said the woman agreed to meet Gosetto at the restaurant, but police went there instead and found Gosetto in possession of a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver. They arrested him about 11:48 p.m.
In addition to the charge of gross sexual imposition by force, which is a fourth-degree felony, he was charged with having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony, because a previous drug conviction prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
“We had information that he likely carried a firearm, and when he made contact with police, he did indeed have a firearm,” Quinn said. “It was tucked in his pants pocket.
“He (previously) was convicted of felony drug possession and, as a result, he cannot have or use a firearm.”
Quinn said the woman had worked at the restaurant about one week. He added that police don’t believe there was a personal relationship between the woman and Gosetto.
According to court documents, Gosetto was arraigned May 1 in Franklin County Municipal Court, which is where he posted bond.
Because the charges against him are felonies, no plea was entered.
Evidence is expected to be presented to a grand jury, which will determine if Gosetto should be charged in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, according to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.
Alex's Bistro is owned by Gosetto's father, Alexis.
Reached via telephone on Thursday, May 2, Alexis Gosetto said his son and the woman were having drinks after work on the night his son was arrested.
The elder Gosetto told ThisWeek he doesn't believe his son committed a sexually oriented crime but said he had been fired.
"My son is new in the business, and he don't realize you don't fool around with employees," Alexis Gosetto said. "That's a policy I have. That's a mistake he made and he's fired."
Alexis Gosetto said his son was armed on the night of his arrest because he was closing the business and had to carry money from the bistro to his car.
"That's what you do when you close doors with money," he said. "People try to jump on you.
"(My son's) a good kid. He went through a lot of trouble because he lost his mom recently. He's not that type of kid."
As for Alex's Bistro, Gosetto said, he's worked for nearly three decades to make his business a success, and the restaurant will continue to operate according to its daily schedule.
"I've been here 28 years," he said. "It's not like a thing like this is going to knock me down."