LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The owner of the nation's last Howard Johnson restaurant has been charged with sexually abusing or harassing more than a dozen female employees of his upstate New York business.
The Warren County Sheriff's Deputy announced Wednesday that 65-year-old Jonathan LaRock was arrested on charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Deputies say the investigation started last week after a 17-year-old girl told police she had been sexually harassed by LaRock while working at his eatery in Lake George, a popular Adirondack tourist destination 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of Albany.
Police say he sexually harassed about 15 female employees ranging in age from 14 to 43 over a one-year period.
LaRock is being held pending arraignment Thursday. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.