Restaurant manager arrested for sex abuse

Restaurant manager arrested for sex abuse

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OREM -- A West Jordan man is accused of trying to offer one of his teenage employees money in exchange for sex.

Police arrested 56-year-old Aaron L. Hicks Thursday at Joe's Café in Orem. Officers said Hicks, who is the restaurant's manager, recently hired the 17-year-old girl as a part-time worker.

The girl told police that over the course of her employment, Hicks repeatedly offered her money in an attempt to get her to have sex with him. She repeatedly refused.

The girl also told investigators that at one point, Hicks slipped cash he owed her down her shirt. She also said he once gave her a soft drink spiked with alcohol.

Hicks was arrested on charges of aggravated exploitation for purposes of prostitution, forcible sexual abuse and supplying alcohol to a minor.

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