The proprietor of the Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Lake George appeared in town court Thursday morning.
Jonathan LaRock was arrested by Warren County Sheriff's deputies at the restaurant Wednesday night. And since then, it appears no one has been operating the Howard Johnson despite the open sign being on.
LaRock entered court Thursday morning with no comments on his charges. He's facing sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child. LaRock pleaded not guilty in town court.
According to the prosecutors, he sexually harassed a 17-year-old woman who worked for him.
The 17-year-old sparked an investigation with a disturbing Facebook post describing her alleged encounter with LaRock.
The sheriff's office says it learned LaRock sexually harassed about 15 current and former female employees ranging in age from ages 14 to 43.
"What we discovered was this was not an isolated incident,” said Warren County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steven Stockdale. "There were several young ladies that were the victims of some very pretty, what we're calling, egregious behavior."
Bail was set at $15,000 cash. The judge also issued an order of protection for the alleged victims.
One of the alleged victims spoke with Spectrum News about what she says happened.
"The first day I went he was all over me. He called me 'sexy, babe,' and asked me if I had nudes on my phone. He started grabbing my hips and stomach,” the victim said.
“We've taken some proactive steps to reach out to see if any more victims are present and if they're willing to speak us and the investigation remains ongoing," Stockdale said.
"We've got some work to do through the student connection and the village offices to find out who else was placed under that employment agency to see if they worked for Mr. LaRock."
LaRock was send back to the Warren County jail. He's due back in court next Thursday. Prosecutors say there could be more victims with additional charges pending.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call sheriff's office investigators at 518-743-2500.