ST. CHARLES – A Kane County judge convicted the owner of a St. Charles eatery Thursday of charges he grabbed a waitress’ breast and squeezed it against her will.
Kane County Judge Katherine Moran issued her ruling a week after a lengthy bench trial in branch court. Moran found Dimitrios Lolis, 54, of St. Charles – owner of The Copper Fox Cafe, 305 W. Main St. – guilty on a charge of misdemeanor battery/making physical contact without justification.
Lolis had denied the charge.
The charge stems from a complaint on Aug. 20, 2011, alleged by Katy Green, 24, of Geneva, a waitress at the Copper Fox.
Sentencing for Lolis is scheduled for Nov. 15. Lolis faces a punishment of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Moran said she did not find the testimony of Lolis, his wife and two other employees to be reliable, but found the testimony of Green to be credible.
Moran rejected an assertion by Lolis’ attorney Glenn Sowa that nobody saw Green cry when she returned to work over the next two weeks and that it took her that long to file a police complaint. Instead, Moran found that Green, as the sole supporter of a child, would take time to consider the implications of filing a police report against her boss when she needed a job.
Moran also accepted that Green, as a waitress who depended on tips, would have to maintain a friendly demeanor to customers.
Lisa Lolis testified that Green was not truthful, but Moran said that was not borne out by the fact that servers at The Copper Fox have to collect money and make sure accounts balance. If Green was not honest about the money, Moran said, Green would have been let go.
Instead, Green called Lolis’ wife to quit Sept. 1, 2011, and told her “something happened between the defendant and Katy Green the night of Aug. 20,” Moran said.