FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fuquay-Varina Subway manager faces sexual battery charges after police said he inappropriately touched three female employees starting in January.
Garfield Anthony Oates, 38, of Angier, faces three counts of sexual battery after police said he sexually assaulted three of his employee while at work, police documents say.
One of the victims is 17 years old.
Oates is accused of assaulting the victims between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11.
Oates is the manager of the Subway located at 1326 N. Main St. in Fuquay-Varina.
He was arrested Thursday and given a $5,000 bond.
He was back at the Subway in Fuquay-Varina on Friday but CBS North Carolina learned he was put on a leave of absence.
Franchise owner Jack Khadder released a statement to CBS North Carolina that read:
“Upon learning of the accusations against the manager of my restaurant, I immediately took action and put him on a leave of absence. We are fully cooperating with the authorities. I take pride in offering a safe and appropriate working environment for my employees.”