The owner of a coffee shop in St. Paul has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female employee.
Eduardo Delariva-Larios, 45, of Burnsville, has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree conduct over the alleged assault in the backroom of his business, Coffeetarik, at 788 E. Seventh St. in Dayton's Bluff on Saturday.
According to the criminal complaint, the teen victim told police she was working with Delariva-Larios when he asked if she had a boyfriend.
The conversation then turned to sex, which made the girl uncomfortable, and when she later went to the back room, Delariva-Larios followed her and began fondling her underneath her clothes.
When the assault was over, Delariva-Larios told her "I would never wanna hurt you" and kissed her on the lips, before telling her she shouldn't tell anyone or the police because "a trial would be such a mess and long."
When questioned by police, the coffee shop owner says he'd spoken with the employee about how she and her boyfriend had been trying to have sex, and he told her "she needed to understand how her body worked."
They spoke of sex and he even drew diagrams for her. He says they went to the back room after she accepted his offer of learning more about her body.
He told police he knew the girl was 15 and knows he'd made a mistake.
The complaint notes that Delariva-Larios has a prior conviction for solicitation, inducement, and promotion of prostitution in Hennepin County.
Coffeetarik is located in the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center in St. Paul. As of Friday morning, the shop's Facebook page has been taken down.
The Pioneer Press reports that other underage workers have reported sexual misconduct by Delariva-Larios, and police want anyone who may have had a similar experience to call them at 651-266-5685.