Owner of iconic Whitby restaurant charged with historic sexual assault

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Published February 28, 2023 at 11:10 am

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The owner of iconic Whitby restaurant Chatterpaul’s has been charged with historic sexual assault involving one of his employees dating back to 2010.

The 32-year-old victim came forward in January with allegations of a “sexual nature” against James Chatterpaul, 55. Police allege Chatterpaul touched the victim inappropriately in the workplace.

After an investigation, Chatterpaul, a Whitby resident, was arrested and charged. He was released on an undertaking.

Investigators want to ensure there are no further victims. Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Fitzgerald of the Central West Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-579-1520 x 1877.

The fine dining restaurant, known for its menu that features everything from beef tenderloin & shrimp, jerk chicken and cranberry-glazed duck breast to Coco’s crab cakes and baked brie, opened in north Whitby in 2008.

The resto was launched by Chatterpaul and his business partner and front-of-house manager, Penny Johansen.

Chatterpaul’s is located at 3500 Brock St N.

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