Police Charge Man With Sexual Assault
From today's Metro section:
A Fairfax City man was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at an ice cream shop owned by the city's mayor.
Peter V. Lupo, 34, a former owner of the now-defunct Il Lupo restaurant, was assisting the owners of the Sweet Life Cafe with business matters, police said. On Sept. 19, he allegedly stayed in the cafe with a 19-year-old employee after the shop in the city's downtown closed, provided her with alcohol and molested her, they said.
Police said the woman reported the incident Sept. 28. Lupo was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with aggravated sexual battery, animate object sexual penetration, providing alcohol, and keeping or allowing alcoholic beverages without a license, court records show.
He was being held without bond last night in the Fairfax jail.
Mayor Robert F. Lederer, who owns the shop with his wife, Maureen, said he was shocked by the episode.
"We are a family-oriented ice cream shop," he said. "We will fully cooperate with the police. As a father of three girls, anytime I hear a story like this, it makes me sick."
Police Chief Rick Rappoport said Lederer had no knowledge of the incident until contacted by investigators shortly before Lupo's arrest.
-- Tom Jackman