Rogersville restaurant employees arrested; rape investigation underway

Rogersville restaurant manager now charged with attempted rape of teen

ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Multiple employees of 72 Roadhouse in Rogersville were arrested Monday night.

Rogersville police said a girl called and said her underage friend was being given alcohol and taken advantage of. Officers responded and found a 19-year-old girl unresponsive in the manager's office. She was transported to ECM Hospital where a rape kit was administered.

Police said the manager, David Calvert, was intoxicated. He was arrested and initially charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor pending the results of the rape test. He also has warrants out of South Carolina.

Rogersville Police Chief Terry Holden confirmed they upgraded his charge to attempted rape Tuesday night. Holden said the charge stemmed from further interviews with Calvert and witness statements.

Two other employees were arrested on unrelated charges. A cook, Jerry Griffin, was arrested on drug warrants. Police said he could face additional charges because he had pills and marijuana in his possession.

A bartender was arrested on warrants for traffic violations in Killen and Rogersville.

State records show Griffin is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl. The conviction was in November 2007. He was released in July 2008.

A gun was found in the restaurant's safe.

Police said the restaurant's owner will keep it closed until he gets back into town.

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