North Beach restaurant manager arrested for alleged sexual abuse of young boy

The manager of a North Beach restaurant was arrested last week and faces five felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting, raping and threatening a young boy over a five-year period, according to court records.

Gaspare Giudice, 48, was arrested by San Francisco police on Aug. 2 and has yet to enter a plea in response to the allegations.

Giudice allegedly abused a young boy from January 2001 to early 2006, according to court records. The alleged abuse began when the boy was 5 years old.

“The victim was merely 5 years old when this conduct is alleged to have begun. These are highly disturbing allegations that warrant these very serious charges,” District Attorney spokesperson Max Szabo said.

Giudice has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in the form of sodomy, aggravated sexual assault of a child in the form of oral copulation, sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child, oral copulation or penetration with a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child, whom he threatened with violence.

The documents did not say where the alleged sexual assault occurred, other than in San Francisco, or the relationship between the victim and Guidice.

Giudice, who appeared Aug. 3 but had his arraignment rescheduled for Aug. 21, was a manager of Original U.S. Restaurant at 414 Columbus Ave., according to a staff member who was contacted on the phone. It’s unclear if he still works at the restaurant.

Giudice, who will require an Italian translator in court, remains in County Jail on $3 million bail. He is being represented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and his attorney was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

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