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Pizza Hut manager arrested after allegedly raping a 16-year-old employee

 September 2, 2023

A Pizza Hut manager in Florida named Calvin Cooke has been taken into custody and charged for allegedly locking a 16-year-old employee in a women's bathroom and raping her after sending her inappropriate photos on Snapchat.

Cooke, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, transmitting harmful information to a minor, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as the Daily Mail reported.

The Incident

Police in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, responded to a distress call from a restaurant on Aug. 26 regarding an ongoing assault.

The alleged assailant's manager is said to have locked the door behind him after instructing the young female employee, who had only recently started working at the location, to clean the restroom.

Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said in a statement, "When the victim went into the bathroom, he followed her and shut the door. While in the bathroom he committed sex acts upon the victim," noting that Cooke knew the victim was underage. 

The sheriff added that the manager's behavior was deeply disturbing and reprehensible, representing a profound breach of the trust traditionally placed in adults.

Fear of Losing Job

Cooke, who measured 6ft 2in and weighed 240 pounds, reportedly flirted with the victim over Snapchat before sending her nude photos. 

The manager, who transferred to the branch and had worked there for approximately seven months, also provided the girl with vapes to use.

The high school junior, whose identity remains undisclosed, expressed her concerns about upsetting Cooke and potentially losing her job.

Lopez said, "When detectives spoke to the victim, she said she was worried about making him upset and was concerned about her job," the Mirror reported.

Following these events, Pizza Hut confirmed that Cooke had been dismissed from his managerial position.

Cooke's bail has been established at $33,000 in relation to the charges.

Authorities are also looking into the possibility of Cooke being a recurrent offender and urge any other potential victims to step forward.

"We want to make sure he's held accountable and responsible if he has committed these acts on anybody else," Sherriff Lopez said. 

The sheriff added: "The reason we put him on blast and put his picture out there is because imagine this is your friend and your daughters or this is your neighbor."

Pizza Hut Response

A Pizza Hut spokesperson conveyed to MailOnline that Pizza Hut is deeply concerned about these allegations and has communicated with the franchise owner of the restaurant at issue.

He confirmed that the franchisee has decided to dismiss the manager and is currently assisting local law enforcement with their investigation.