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A man accused of multiple sexual assault allegations at a downtown Victoria restaurant, which has since closed, has been charged following a lengthy investigation.
41-year-old Jesse Chiavaroli, a former employee of the now closed Chuck’s Burger Bar, was charged with sexual assault and assault with a weapon.
On December 10th, VicPD’s Special Victims Unit detectives arrested Chiavaroli on the Lower Mainland. He was later released with a court date and conditions, including conditions not to contact the survivors of sexual violence related to the recommended charges.
Chiavaroli was also arrested back in June six counts of sexual assault linking to restaurants and bars in Hamilton.
The cases began emerging in early February after multiple sexual assault allegations were leveled online against Chiavaroli from both customers and employees in Victoria.
The website Survivor Stories Project posted 10 different detailed accounts accusing the former staff member at Chuck’s Burger Bar of rape and assault.
There are reportedly 35 women that have come forward with allegations of sexual assault against the restaurant worker.
In several of the accounts, individuals describe being encouraged, coerced, or even forced into intoxication with alcohol supplied by the staff member, sometimes while he was on duty.
Some of the accounts go on to say they were further coerced or forced into taking illicit substances such as cocaine.
They go on to describe the staff member forcing them into non-consensual sex acts, becoming violent and angry if refused, and in some cases raping them while unconscious or semiconscious.
“I vaguely remember him forcing my friend to do coke and getting angry when I refused,” one account says.
“I also remember him making out with me and pulling me into his bedroom and trying to push me towards his bed, while I was protesting the entire time. I believe he was under the impression that I was more intoxicated than I was.”
The restaurant later fired Chiavaroli after public pressure and closed for good in March of 2021. The former staff member denied the allegations at the time.
Chiavaroli has now been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
His next court appearance is on February 24th, 2022.