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Morris County restaurant owner accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old employee

ROCKAWAY BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – The owner of a Morris County restaurant was charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old employee, according to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Robert Grow, 61, of Rockaway Borough was charged on March 8 with second-degree sexual assault, and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

It is alleged that between December 1, 2018 and March 8, 2019, Grow engaged in multiple sexual acts with a 17-year-old female who was employed at Potbelly’s Restaurant in Rockaway, NJ. It is further alleged that the he was her employer and owner of the restaurant at the time of the assaults and had supervisory power over her, Carroll said.

Grow was released from the Morris County Correctional Facility on Tuesday in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform. As part of the his release from custody, he was ordered not to have any contact with the victim and/or unsupervised contact with minors other than his own children, Carroll said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Rockaway Borough Police Department investigated this incident, Carroll said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Rockaway Borough Police Department at 973-627-1314.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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