A former kitchen employee of an Olympia restaurant is accused of second-degree child rape in connection with an alleged assault of the restaurant owners' adolescent daughter, court papers state.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Luis Gomez-Esteban, 24, held at the Thurston County Jail after finding probable cause to support the second-degree rape allegation during a court hearing Wednesday. Dixon set Gomez-Esteban's bail at $25,000.
The Olympian is not naming the local restaurant to protect the alleged victim's identity.
According to court papers:
Olympia police responded to the restaurant Sunday on a report of a sex offense. The girl's mother called police after she saw Gomez-Esteban having inappropriate physical contact with her daughter in a back storage room.
The girl's mother also told police that she suspected Gomez-Esteban had given her daughter a "hickey" about a month ago.
Gomez-Esteban, who was present when police responded, initially denied having any physical contact with the girl. He said he had worked at the restaurant for about a year, and was married with a baby on the way.
An Olympia officer interviewed the girl, and she told her that Gomez-Esteban had kissed her in the storage room. She said "she was afraid her parents were going to punish her so she didn't want to tell."
During an interview Monday with a sexual assault nurse examiner and an Olympia police detective, the girl admitted that Gomez-Esteban had raped her. Olympia police interviewed Gomez-Esteban a second time at his apartment on Tuesday, and he admitted to sexual assault. He was arrested and booked at the Thurston County Jail.
Gomez-Esteban, who has no prior criminal record, also had a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold placed on him, meaning that if he makes bail, he may be subject to a deportation hearing, Dixon said in court.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org