A Person County restaurant owner is now accused of soliciting sex from five former teenage employees, and police are encouraging other potential victims to come forward.
After officers served him with an additional warrant Tuesday, Thomas Carl Adler now faces five counts of solicitation of prostitution of a minor, said Lt. Chris Dickerson of the Roxboro Police Department.
Adler, 32, is co-owner of Clarksville Station, a restaurant in Roxboro, according to ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.
Police say Alder paid or offered to pay 15- to 17-year-old employees for oral sex from 2012 until earlier this year.
At least one incident happened at the restaurant, Dickerson said.
Officers first heard two allegations earlier this month , and more accusers have since come forward, he said.
The case is still under investigation, and police say other possible victims should call the Roxboro Police Department at 336-599-8345.
The News & Observer called Clarksville Station on Tuesday morning for comment and was told no owner or manager was available at the time.
The restaurant has been open for more than four decades and is fashioned from a Victorian train depot, according to its website.
In North Carolina prostitution cases, a minor is considered anyone younger than 18 years old, statutes say.
Adler is facing other prostitution-related charges and is being held in jail on 250,000 bail, Dickerson said. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.