LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of the nation's last Howard Johnson restaurant has been charged with sexually abusing or harassing more than a dozen employees of his upstate New York business.
The Warren County sheriff's office 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 pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday and was remanded to the county jail. The public defender's office wasn't commenting on the charges.
This story has been corrected to show the source of the information was the Warren County sheriff's office, not the Warren County sheriff's deputy.