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Pizza Hut Managers charged with sex offenses

Keith L. Martin

(9/22) Two former managers at the Pizza Hut in Thurmont were arrested recently on sex offense charges involving four teenage employees.

According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Robert E. Wymer II, 26, of Thurmont was charged on Friday with three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense.

On Monday, Adam M. Kiefer, 24, of Emmitsburg, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault and four counts of fourth degree sex offense, the sheriff’s office stated.

Both men were arrested on Frederick County District Court warrants. As of The Gazette’s press time Wednesday, Wymer had posted bond, but Keifer remained at the Frederick County adult detention center.

According to the sheriff’s office, the charges stem from an investigation initiated by the sheriff’s office in May after four young women, all juveniles at the time of the incidents, complained that the pair harassed and assaulted them at work.

An investigation revealed that the suspects allegedly engaged the young women in inappropriate sexual conversations and unwanted touching on an ongoing basis during shifts at the restaurant, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office has identified the young women only as a 16- and 17-year–old from Thurmont, a 17-year-old from Sabillasville and a 17-year-old from Frederick.

A manager at the Pizza Hut declined to comment on the arrests Wednesday, except to say that Wymer, a general manager, and Kiefer, a shift manager, were no longer employed at the business.

Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman at the sheriff’s office, said that an investigation is ongoing as deputies believe there may be additional victims.

‘‘One of the victims indicated that this has been going on since Oct. 1, 2004," she said. ‘‘So we want to get all the information out [to the public] to call us."

Anyone with information about the case should contact Deputy First Class Kenny Olander at 301-631-3620.

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