CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - A Coral Springs ice cream shop owner has been accused of a disturbing crime involving an underage employee.
Sergio Khorosh, 55, faced Broward Circuit Judge Tabitha Blackmon on Friday morning.
“I do find probable cause for aggravated stalking, follow, harass, cyberstalk, impersonating a law enforcement officer and video voyeurism,” said Blackmon.
Khorosh, who owns Moo Moo Scoops & More in the Coral Square Mall, is accused of recording a 17-year-old employee inside the shop’s bathroom.
He is also accused of stalking the victim.
According to the police report, the employee started working at the ice cream shop in July 2021, and Khorosh would make comments about how beautiful she was.
In the employee bathroom, the report states, the teen noticed a black USB cellphone charger plugged into the wall facing the toilet. She thought it was a camera, since it was blinking when she was using the bathroom.
Police said the employee broke the charger apart and found a memory stick inside.
“I find these allegations to be aggravating, that the listed victim was an employee of his, a child who worked for his ice cream shop where he was allegedly recording her in the bathroom of the ice cream shop,” said Blackmon.
When the 17-year-old grew suspicious, police, Khorosh showed her the video and described in explicit detail the tings he could have done to her.
According to the police report, Khorosh told her that he loved her, kissed her on the forehead and promised her gifts.
Police said Khorosh began to text and stalk her, and so she quit.
“He continued to harass and allegedly stalk the victim by going to her new job, her home and harassing her and her family and threatening to tear her apart, allegedly, with a police dog while he impersonated an officer,” said Blackmon.
7News cameras captured a “We’re hiring” sign taped to the front door of the ice cream shop.
Khorosh is married, and there was no one inside his Lighthouse Point home, Friday afternoon.
He is the second Broward County business owner in recent weeks to be accused of recording teens inside a bathroom.
Robert Franco, the owner of Franco’s Taekwondo Academy in Pembroke Pines, was accused of putting video cameras in picture frames inside the bathroom.
A 17-year-old student said she found one of the cameras.
“I turned off the light in the bathroom, I turned onmy flashlight on my phone, and I pointed it at the picture frames, and I saw the glare of the camera lens,” she said.
Franco was charged with three counts of video voyeurism, and more charges have followed. More than 150 children and adults train at his academy.
Khorosh was ordered to not have any contact with the victim or any other minors. That means he cannot return to the ice cream shop.
“You cannot call her, you cannot send letters, you cannot have a family member or friend send a message to her,” said Blackmon, “or any other means of communication that I have not said. Do you understand?”
“Yes, Your Honor, so how much is the total bond, please?” replied Khorosh.
“I’m still speaking,” said Blackmon.
Khorosh was ordered to be held at the Broward County Jail on a $76,000 bond.
“I am going to set bond as requested by the state at $25,000 on count one, $50,000 on count two,” said Blackmon.
The suspect has had previous run-ins with the law, mostly for firearm charges out of New York.
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