PERRY (ABC4 News) – Box Elder County prosecutors charged the owner of a small family restaurant here for choking, fondling and sexually assaulting some of his employees.
The Rusted Spoon was open for business as usual on Monday three days after its owner, 33-year-old Dustin Rallison was charged with physically and sexually assaulting multiple former employees.
On Friday, the Box Elder County Attorney’s Office charged Rallison with four counts of Sexual Battery, three counts of Forcible Sexual Abuse, three counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Object Rape too graphic to describe.
The charging documents claim:
- “Defendant sexually and physically assaulted multiple employees. On at least three occasions the Defendant would put the victims in choke holds to the point that they would pass out or almost pass out.”
- “On two occasions the Defendant touched and fondled the bare breasts of two victims. On another occasion, the Defendant intentionally touched a victim’s bare buttocks.”
- “On at least four other occasions, the Defendant touched victims on their breasts or buttocks. Defendant did all this without permission and to satisfy his own desires.”
Rallison’s defense attorney Clayton Simms says that his client denies all the accusations.
“I think the truth is going to come out and it’s not going to be that,” Simms told ABC4 News over the phone Monday. “Those allegations are not going to stand up in court.”
Simms describes the accusers as disgruntled former employees whose allegations have already hurt the family-owned business.
“That’s the problem is that the damage is done,” Simms said. “People are innocent until proven guilty but someone may choose to not go to your restaurant. They could damage your livelihood, destroy everything you’ve worked so hard for and that’s the problem here is that people rush to judgment.”
Despite the shocking and serious nature of these allegations, no warrant has been issued for Rallison’s arrest. He’s scheduled to make an initial court appearance on April 22nd.