A former owner of Rita’s Italian Ice in Powell, OH has been charged
with allegedly raping and proving illegal substances to his employees,
who were minors.
Danny Kitsos, 53, was charged with molesting and providing illegal substances
to his employees while he was an owner of an ice cream shop. Investigators
claim that five young women were named the victims, all under the age
of 18, with one girl between the age of 13 and 16. The reports state they
worked for Kitsos from September of 2012 until October of 2015.
The investigation began when one of the girls allegedly told her parents
about the supposed misconduct. According to the indictment, Kitsos provided
his employees with drugs such as gabapentin, muscle relaxers, and seizure
medication, as well as alcohol. In one case, according to the report,
he offered payment for sex. Investigators believe that some of the sexual
misconduct took place within the Rita’s Italian Ice store, on South
Kitsos was charged with 17 felony counts, including:
- Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
- Underage persons offenses
- Sexual battery
- Compelling prostitution
- Selling, purchasing, and delivering dangerous drugs
Currently, Kitsos is being held in the Delaware County Jail, where he turned
himself in last Friday. His bond has been set for $120,000. He will go
to trial on July 19, with a court appointed attorney, Brian Jones.
At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we believe everyone deserves their due process
in the court of law. You are innocent until proven guilty. Because Ohio
lawmakers severely punish sex crime offenses, it is important to obtain
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