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Felony charges filed after incident at bistro

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Franklin County prosecutors are expected to present evidence to a grand jury following an Upper Arlington man's arrest April 29 on felony charges of gross sexual imposition by force and having a weapon under disability.

Upper Arlington police arrested Justin James Albert Gosetto, 29, of Braunton Road in Upper Arlington on April 29. He posted $50,000 bond May 1 and was released from the Franklin County jail.

He is slated to appear in municipal court for a preliminary hearing Friday, May 10, but that could change if there is a grand jury indictment.

According to Upper Arlington police, Gosetto was arrested outside Alex's Bistro, 4681 Reed Road, just before midnight April 29. 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.

Quinn said the incident occurred about 11:40 p.m. April 29. The woman fled and called police from an intersection near the restaurant shortly afterward, he said.

In the meantime, he said, Gosetto left the restaurant in his vehicle but made several attempts to call the woman on her cellphone.

Quinn said the woman agreed to meet Gosetto at the restaurant, but police went there instead and found him in possession of a Smith and Wesson .357-caliber revolver. They arrested him about 11:48 p.m. April 29.

The charge of gross sexual imposition by force is a fourth-degree felony. The charge of having a weapon under disability is a third-degree felony, because a previous drug conviction prohibited Gosetto from possessing a firearm, Quinn said.

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, where he posted bond. Because the charges against him are felonies, no plea was entered.

Alex's Bistro is owned by Gosetto's father, Alexis.

Reached via telephone 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 from his job at the restaurant.

"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."

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