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Crime Trackers: Restaurant manager fired, indicted for having sex with underage girl

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The former manager of The Village Inn on Oracle near Rudasill is facing some very serious charges. 

He was allegedly soliciting sexual favors from female employees in exchange for better schedules.

Among the employees was Jessica’s 17-year-old daughter. She asked we not give her last name. We spoke to her via FaceTime. 

“Her boss had lured and groomed her and had sex with her,” she said.

It was caught on the restaurant's video surveillance cameras.

“Her whole life has been turned upside down because of one man who decided that he was going to take advantage of her and treat like a thing for his benefit,” Jessica said.

Jessica's daughter was just 17 years old when she worked at the restaurant. In September, her boss, 41-year-old John Shirey, was indicted on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 18.

Jessica is one of two mothers who contacted the Pima County Sheriff's Department to let them know their daughters were victims.

“You have to become a mama bear, and step up for them," she said. "So that's what I did.”

Detective Pat Wilson is handling the case. She said days before the two mothers contacted them, Village Inn had called them to let them know they had fired Shirey for violating company policy.

“The video surveillance that was obtained by the business was sufficient enough for them to terminate their employee for his misconduct," she said.

Wilson said this behavior was well known. 

“Based on what the victims and the witnesses had stated, this had probably been going on for approximately one to two years,” she said.

According to a court documents News 4 Tucson obtained, another store manager was also aware of what was going on.

"The store manager advised that there have been other female employees that told her that John Shirey would elicit sexual favors from them in order to give them better hours." 

This manager admitted she never went to Human Resources or EEO to file a complaint for any of her employees.

The document also said Shirey's wife texted some of the victims "not to say anything about the relationship with John."

In one instance, the wife texted Jessica's daughter "not to say anything or he would go to jail."

She asked her not say anything  because “he'd already been punished enough.”

Her daughter's phone was seized by detectives because of the messages she received from Shirey and his wife, including a Facebook friend request.

“I don't understand where she is coming from, to send a 17-year-old girl a friend request on Facebook.”

Jessica said her daughter is going through counseling. She said this incident has rocked their world.

“She just wants it to go away, and it can't. It's not going to go away," she said. "It's affecting her, we had to move, we had to switch schools.”

Jessica is determined to help her daughter get though this. She said she knows there are other victims.

She wants them to know “nothing that you do like that should determine your hours, your shift, your position, nothing like that. “

John Shirey is schedule to be in court in November. He declined to speak with detectives. A judge released him on his own recognizance, and he was ordered not to have contact with underage girls.

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