Sexual assault recorded on cell phone helps catch suspect

4:48 PM, Mar 5, 2012   |    comments
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SEFFNER, Fla. -- A sexual assault recorded on a cell phone has helped put a fast food restaurant manager behind bars.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a woman working at the Checkers on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Seffner was followed into the bathroom by her general manager, 30-year-old Vongkoth Vorasan, and sexually assaulted on Thursday. The alleged incident was interrupted by someone knocking on the door.

When she came into work on Friday, according to the sheriff's office, she was assaulted again. This time, she used her cell phone to record the incident. Detectives say she could be heard screaming, "No!" as her manager threatened her.

"The recordings that we were able to capture off of her cell phone were extremely convincing and obvious that it was a brutal attack," says Detective Larry McKinnon.

A brutal attack that detectives say Vorasan admitted to during an interview.

This incident is certainly not the only case in which an employee was sexually assaulted or put in a situation that created discomfort. Management consultants say if something like this happens to you, you have legal protection when reporting it.

"You should be able to report that problem to your supervisor and then obviously if your supervisor doesn't do anything about it, you should be allowed to report it to somebody at a higher level without being retaliated against," says management and human resources consultant Dr. Linsey Craig Willis.

The woman in this case, like others who have endured assault, was reluctant to report it. 

"It's such a violent, unconscionable type of attack," McKinnon says. "It's very emotionally damaging. Sometimes these women would just rather simply bury it and allow it to go away than report it."

Vorasan is behind bars tonight with no bond. He faces two counts of sexual battery, both felonies.

A Checkers spokesperson contacted 10 News with the following statement:

"We take these issues very seriously, and this behavior is not tolerated in our restaurants. We are cooperating fully with the police in their investigation, and based on their conclusions, we will take the appropriate action."

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