Man charged with sex abuse of house­keeper

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH KOHUT STAFF Writer Con­tact the writer: jko­[email protected]­, 570-348-9144; @jko­huttt on Twit­ter SAN­TOS

A Scran­ton man faces charges he sex­u­ally abused a fe­male house­keeper he was train­ing at a ho­tel in the city’s down­town, po­lice said.

Al­mond San­tos, 27, 1316 Prospect Ave., is ac­cused of try­ing to force a new house­keeper at the Radis­son at Lack­awanna Sta­tion ho­tel to per­form oral sex, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

The Times-tri­bune does not iden­tify vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault.

The vic­tim had been paired with San­tos so he could fa­mil­iar­ize her with the ho­tel’s clean­ing pro­ce­dures.

On the first day they worked to­gether, he grabbed her but­tocks and brushed up against her, but she tried to ig­nore it. When he asked what she was do­ing, she came up with ex­cuses to not spend time with him.

Even­tu­ally, San­tos stopped and she fig­ured he took the hint she was not in­ter­ested in him.

On Thurs­day, things es­ca­lated, po­lice said.

They spent part of the morn­ing clean­ing a room to­gether and San­tos started to brush up against her again. San­tos ex­posed him­self to her while she was scrub­bing the toi­let and pulled her head to­ward his pe­nis. She re­sisted and tried to leave, but he stopped her and started to pull at her cloth­ing, ex­pos­ing her.

The vic­tim left the ho­tel and con­tacted her fam­ily. Po­lice ar­rived at the ho­tel and ar­rested him.

San­tos is charged with at­tempted in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sex­ual in­ter­course, in­de­cent as­sault and in­de­cent ex­po­sure.

San­tos is in the Lack­awanna County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17.

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