|Carlos Ortiz (inset) pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a female co-worker. | CPD; Google|
The manager of a favorite Boystown-area eatery who was accused of raping an intoxicated female co-worker in the restaurant basement after hours has escaped prison by pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
Carlos Ortiz and some co-workers reportedly had drinks together after they closed Chicken Hut, 3200 North Broadway on June 15, 2016.
Ortiz, 41, was accused of giving an already-intoxicated 20-year-old woman another drink and leading her to the basement where she was said to have passed out during a criminal sexual assault, according to court records.
A grand jury returned a stack of charges against Ortiz two months later: four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, four counts of criminal sexual assault – consent, and one count of criminal sexual abuse.
On Tuesday, Ortiz appeared in court and pleaded guilty to one reduced felony count of criminal sexual abuse-consent. Eight counts of criminal sexual assault were dropped in the plea deal, which was approved by Judge Thaddeus Wilson.
Wilson put Ortiz on probation for 30 months, ordered him to perform 50 hours of community service, and instructed him to register as a sex offender for the next ten years.