Wallingford business owner pleads guilty to endangerment charge

Wallingford business owner pleads guilty to endangerment charge

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MERIDEN — A Wallingford business owner pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment this week stemming from an employee complaint in 2019.

During an appearance in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday, Christian Rao, 55, of 9 N. Main St., pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the court file. 

He was sentenced to two years in prison, fully suspended, and three years’ probation. 

Conditions of his probation include sex offender treatment, no contact with the complainant in the case, and not to employ anyone under 18 years old, the court file said.  

He was arrested on Oct. 1, 2019 and originally charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Wallingford police began investigating after a report by the mother of one of Rao’s employees at Cafe Ra, 350 Center St.

Police obtained a search warrant and seized a camera from the business, but it did not contain anything of evidentiary value, according to Rao’s arrest warrant.

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