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A customer at Iowa’s Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo who was already charged with a misdemeanor assault is now facing a new charge. That’s after a server claimed he groped her groin area earlier this month while the two were at a blackjack table. The man disputes the location he touched on her body, saying it was her leg.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, a local newspaper, reported Sandi Dedic, age 42, of Waterloo, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He was released from custody on Wednesday.
On Dec. 3, Dedic was charged with a misdemeanor assault charge relating to the same incident. An Iowa judge also issued a restraining order against Dedic.
The incident began when Dedic was at the gaming table on the night of Dec. 1. He allegedly “reached over and touched the groin area of a female employee who was asking if he and others wanted to order drinks,” the news report said, based on her allegations.
Next, Dedic said “nice” after the inappropriate touch, the server claims. She then warned him, “You can’t do that,” the server alleges. But he contended “Yes, I can,” the server further alleges.
Security officers at the Caesars Entertainment property later removed Dedic from the gaming floor. The case was later investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Dedic Claims He Touched Her Leg
In his version of events, Dedic claimed he “touched her upper, inner leg,” the report said. The conflicting claims were investigated.
While looking into the December incident, other current and previous servers reported earlier incidents where casino players and other customers allegedly inappropriately touched the servers. The servers were also allegedly verbally harassed, the report said.
Nevada, New York Servers Report Similar Concerns
In Nevada, casino workers reported in 2018 that sexual harassment on the job is all too frequent. Many Culinary Union members — mostly female — said they often feel uncomfortable at work. The source of that harassment most often was customers.
In a survey of 10,000 of its members, the Culinary Union reported that 59 percent of cocktail servers and 27 percent of hotel room attendants report being sexually harassed by guests, managers, or others while on the job. Seventy-two percent of cocktail servers and 53 percent of housekeepers additionally said they have felt uncomfortable and/or unsafe because of the actions of a guest.
Across the country, the New York Daily News reported various accounts of sexual misconduct by patrons. Several female cocktail servers at Resorts World Casino New York City said in 2018 they were routinely touched in unwanted ways. The women claimed casino management did little to protect workers from inappropriate customers.