LOWELL — A Middleton man must deliver food to a women's shelter once a month for two years as part of his punishment for mistreating female employees at his Billerica restaurant.
Haralambos Katsikis, 53, owner of Stelio's, admitted to sufficient facts Thursday in Lowell Superior Court to five counts of annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Paul Chernoff sentenced Katsikis to two years probation with the conditions he stay away and have no contact with the five female former employees. The judge also ordered him to audit an appropriate sociology course on women in the workplace or gender issues at Middlesex Community College and to complete community service that involves delivering food to the women's shelter.
"This defendant harassed and accosted numerous women he had hired to work in his restaurant, taking advantage of his authority as an owner and placing the women in uncomfortable situations while they were trying to earn a living," District Attorney Gerry Leone said.
In November 2008, Katsikis was the subject of complaints that he had harassed and accosted women who worked in his restaurant. Investigators later determined the women were subjected to a barrage of sexualized comments and unwanted physical contact by Katsikis. In an attempt to avoid Katsikis' behavior, some of the women developed a buddy system where they would stay in pairs when they needed to go upstairs near his office to get supplies.