Cape pizzeria owner accused of being inappropriate with juvenile employees

Posted at 1:46 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 22:13:55-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Two young employees of a Cape Coral pizzeria are accusing the owner of touching them inappropriately.

61-year-old Harry Kaltsounis is facing two counts of child abuse and two counts of battery. He owns Pizza Depot on Pine Island Road at Burnt Store Road.

According to the Cape Coral Police Department, the juvenile employees filed a complaint against Kaltsounis in June, claiming he was harassing them and touching them inappropriately.

The department's Major Crimes Unit began investigating, and an arrest warrant was approved on Tuesday for the arrest of Kaltsounis.

CCPD and the U.S. Marshal's Task Force located Kaltsounis at his place of business and placed him under arrest.

A man living two houses down from Kaltsounis described him as a family man.

"I'd say they're the All-American family. Wife, two kids, husband, father," Richard Pederson said. "When I came back from the hurricane, he came down to see if i was OK."

Kaltsounis's arrest warrant said one of the teenage girls working for him told her parents she couldn't take it anymore, and that Kaltsounis touched her inappropriately under her clothing while the business was open and after hours.

The warrant also said when that girl's father confronted him about the touching, Kaltsounis said "I did, I'm sorry."

Another girl told investigators Kaltsounis insisted the girls wear short shorts to work, and if the girls didn't complain they'd get "special treatment" like raises and extra cash. If they wore jeans, the warrant said he'd punish them by being mean. The warrant also said he gave the girls marijuana and vodka.

"It's not like reading about the guy across town," Pederson said. "This is your neighbor two doors down."

"What do you do? You've got stores and restaurants all over the place. We don't know the people that work there, the people who own it, what kind of people they are," David Cheadle of Cape Coral said.

The Major Crimes Unit at the Cape Coral Police Department asks any other possible victims in this case to please contact Detective Bell with the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223.