Restaurant Owner, Private School Teacher Arrested on Sex Assault Charges

Police said there may be additional victims

Cranston Police

A Rhode Island restaurant owner and private school teacher was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on charges that he sexually assaulted two of his employees.

Lee Mogavero, 46, of Barrington, is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault. Two female employees told police they were assaulted by him inside his restaurant, PieZoni's, located at 40 Sockanosset Cross Rd. in Cranston.

On Tuesday, Cranston Police detectives received two separate complaints from a juvenile and an adult female. Both said that Mogavero, the owner of PieZoni's, engaged in a pattern of behavior of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching over the past few months.

During the course of their investigation, detectives learned that in addition to operating the restaurant, Mogavero is a high school teacher at St. Mary's Bayview Academy in East Providence. Both victims are current or former students at the school, which is how they knew Mogavero.

Police said they have learned that there may be additional victims who also worked at the restaurant. Officials at St. Mary's Bayview Academy have also been contacted.

Mogavero was arrested at his business on Wednesday and arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in Warwick District Court.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Special Victims Unit Detective Michael Iacone at 401-477-5062.

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