McDonald’s Manager Charged with Raping 14-year-old Employee
A Maple Grove McDonald’s restaurant manager is accused of raping a 14-year-old female employee.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged Andrew Albertorio, 24, with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Albertorio worked at the McDonald’s off I-494 and Bass Lake Road. A McDonald’s spokesperson says Albertorio no longer works there.
Complaint: Manager Showed Pattern of Sexual Assault
According to the criminal complaint, Albertorio flirted with the victim on Snapchat. The complaint says he attempted to kiss the girl at work, but the girl would push him away. Then the situation got more physical. The charges say Albertorio pushed the teen into a cooler and forced himself on her. He allegedly raped her at least four more times, twice at the McDonald’s. Authorities say Albertorio kept in contact with the teen via Snapchat, sometimes sending sexual images.
Albertorio faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Victim’s advocates say it is important for parents to keep the lines of communication open with their children and have conversations early on.
“Talk about consent, talk about issues about power dynamics,” said Tyler Osterhaus, a spokesperson for Cornerstone, which works to help victims of sexual assault. “Maybe folks don’t know that it’s not acceptable for your boss to be talking to you in a sexual way, propositioning you, asking you for sex. If they do that, it’s against the law and it’s not okay.”
Osterhaus says it’s important that children know that parents will have their backs and will believe them, no matter what.
Cornerstone advocates work closely with schools in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, creating awareness about sexual assaults and domestic abuse.