Part-Owner of Personal Automotive Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teenage Employee
A part-owner of Personal Automotive in Grand Island has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who worked at the business, located on 2404 W. Old Lincoln Highway.
39-year-old Vincent T. Mendez III has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and first-degree sexual assault.
According to court documents, the now-17-year-old victim says that Mendez sexually assaulted her about ten times over a two-year period at the business – between 2016 and 2018. Two other locations are also mentioned in the criminal complaint, including another office owned by Mendez.
The victim was 14 years old at the time of the first alleged sexual assault.
Court documents also say that Mendez is accused of threatening to fire the teen if she told anyone about the alleged sexual assaults.
According to the affidavit, another individual “witnessed Mendez getting up on” the girl at Personal Automotive.
Mendez has a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 3 at 1:30 p.m. His bond has been set at $150,000 and he was released after paying 10 percent of that amount, on the condition that he does not contact his accuser.
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Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Workplace
Former sex crimes prosecutor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com now represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to add some general information on the legal rights of workplace sexual assault victims:
No one should have to deal with sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. Employers must respect professional boundaries and treat their employees with respect. When an employer is charged with sexually assaulting an employee, that employee must be aware of their legal rights.
In some cases, victims of workplace sexual assault and sexual harassment may have grounds for a lawsuit against their employer. In cases involving coworkers, a lawsuit may be available if negligence allowed the assault to occur – such as ignoring previous complaints of sexual harassment by the employee. These victims may also have a strong case for a lawsuit if the perpetrator was a supervisor or owner of the business.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault in the workplace, you can learn more about your legal options by discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
Location of Personal Automotive Services in Grand Island, NE
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