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Biddeford waiter accused of serving alcohol to underage girls, touching inappropriately

Fernando Soriano-Verdis (Biddeford Police Department)

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- A Biddeford waiter is facing charges, accused of serving alcohol to underage girls and then touching them inappropriately.

Police Chief Roger Beaupre said the charges stem from an incident in April while Fernando Soriano-Verdis, 38, was working as a server at Casa Fiesta.

"We don't tolerate that kind of behavior here," said Manager Lorena Adaime.

She said Soriano-Verdis was fired as soon as they learned of the allegations. She said he worked part-time as a waiter for the past three years and had never caused any trouble.

Beaupre said a group of women were celebrating a birthday at the Mexican restaurant last month, when Soriano-Verdis served drinks to two of them who were underage, at 19 and 20-years-old.

"They were served alcohol without being asked for an ID, and in some cases, the alcohol was provided at no charge," said Beaupre.

Beaupre said Soriano-Verdis then followed two of the women into the bathroom and touched them inappropriately.

"He violated their privacy in a variety of different ways, to the point they felt incensed enough about it and violated enough that they came in the next day to file a complaint," Beaupre said.

Soriano-Verdis is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual contact and one count of assault. He was released on bail, but declined to comment on the charges Tuesday.

He, and the restaurant, were also issued nine summons for violating the state liquor laws.

"The word around town is you can go there without worry of being carded for an identification, which, obviously, that's a gross violation of state law," Beaupre said.

Casa Fiesta is facing fines up to $1500 per offense and Beaupre said he's recommending a liquor license suspension.

"I'm worried, yes, because this is a very bad situation," said Adaime.

Adaime said the business is cooperating with authorities, and taking steps to make sure it never happens again.

"Because this person did it doesn't mean all of us are doing that," she said.

Soriano-Verdis is scheduled to appear in court at the end of June. For now, the documents associated with the case remain sealed.

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