The former manager of a now defunct Ozark restaurant was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a treatment program for sex offenders, but will avoid prison time if he follows a judge’s orders.
Beau Gormley, 33, was found guilty in December 2018 of second degree rape in Greene County in connection to incidents that occurred Nov. 13, 2016. On Feb. 22, 2019, Judge Calvin R. Holden sentenced Gormley to five years of probation. At the sentencing hearing, Holden reportedly warned Gormley that he would go to prison if he violated terms of his probation.
At the time of the 2016 rape in Greene County, Gormley was on probation for second degree statutory rape in Christian County. He pleaded guilty April 15, 2016, to having sex with an underage girl in June 2014 at Third Street Pasta and Grill, Ozark — a business that has since closed. Gormley was a manager at the restaurant at the time and the victim was an employee.
The business owner notified the victim’s mother after discovering a security video of the incident. Ozark Police Department, in the probable cause statement, recovered the tape.
The mother reported Gormley to police and told officers her 16-year-old daughter had sex with Gormley inside the kitchen of the business. The victim admitted the incident to her mother after being asked about it.
Though Gormley avoided prison time in the Greene County case, the Republic resident’s legal prosecution isn’t over. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court in Christian County on Feb. 28 for probation violation hearing.
According to the probable cause statement in the Ozark case, the victim told OPD she was afraid to tell Gormley no because “he was her boss and she needed to keep her job.”
Another business owner confirmed to OPD in the statement that Gormley was aware of the victim’s correct age. The victim said, after her mother discovered the incident, Gormley had her fill out a new application and put her date of birth down incorrectly.
“She said she did so only because Beau told her to,” the probable cause statement says.
Statutory rape in the second-degree is a class C felony. The range of punishment for a class C felony is a term of incarceration not to exceed seven years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.