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More sexual assault-related charges filed against Onalaska restaurant owner

Brad Williams

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Two new criminal charges have been filed in Eau Claire, against an area restaurant owner accused of sexually assaulting a female employee. 

Online records show that, last week, prosecutors brought charges of second-degree sexual assault and attempted sexual assault against Filiberto Rivera, the owner of Manny’s Cocina restaurants in Onalaska and Eau Claire. 

Rivera was arrested in May and, at the time, was charged only with third-degree sexual assault.

Investigators say Rivera got a 20-year-old employee drunk and assaulted her on the bar at the Eau Claire restaurant. 

He has a court hearing scheduled Monday in Eau Claire County.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Rachel Page

    July 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    That is unethical!

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