Waffle House CEO accused of sexual abuse

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – The chief executive officer of Waffle House allegedly forced a single mother who worked for him for nine years to perform sexual acts.

Based on her police interview last September 28, the unidentified woman provided a graphic account of her accusations against Joseph Rogers Jr.

An Atlanta police said recently that the investigation is still open and there have been no charges filed.

The document stated that the woman handled Rogers’ personal and work-related items as an assistant starting in 2003.

According to police reports, after months of being hired, the woman said Rogers tried to force himself upon her on several occasions, attempted to have her perform oral sex on him and tried to have sex with her. The accuser had refused all the attempts.

But in 2003 and the following years, the report said that Rogers required his assistant to masturbate him as an employment condition.

Other charges of sexually inappropriate acts were mentioned in the document, including Rogers demanding the woman buy pornography, appearing naked in front of his assistant, and touching her body and breasts.

Police said the woman “was forced to endure the harassment and demeaning treatment by Rogers because she was a single mother and needed her job to support herself and her son.”

After the alleged victim’s son graduated high school on June 29 and earned a college scholarship, she resigned and hid her “resignation letter in Rogers’ sock drawer to spare Rogers’ wife from pain and humiliation.”

It was reported that the attorney for Rogers has denied the allegations.

The first Waffle House restaurant was established in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale in 1955. It is known as a culinary staple of the South with more than 1,500 restaurants that are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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