SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - A Bullitt County man who said he was duped into sexually humiliating a teenage McDonald's worker has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful imprisonment.
Walter Nix Jr., 43, was originally charged with sodomy and assault in the April 9, 2004 incident, which began when a person pretending to be a police officer called the McDonald's in Mount Washington and said the female teenager had been accused of theft.
In a plea bargain, Nix will get probation after agreeing to a one-year term for the felony and for sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. The woman, who was a senior in high school when the incident occurred, approved of the deal.
The man who phoned the store pretending to be a police officer accused the employee of theft and ordered her strip-searched. Nix was engaged at the time to the store's assistant manager, Donna Jean Summers, who asked him to watch the employee.
According to police and court records, Nix said he thought he was following an officer's orders when he directed the employee to do exercises in the nude and perform oral sex on him.
The incident was among at least 70 performed at fast-food restaurants and other businesses from 1995 through 2004 at the direction of a caller who claimed he was investigating crimes, The Courier-Journal reported.
A private prison guard, David N. Stewart, of Fountain, Fla., was charged in July 2004 with impersonating a police officer and soliciting sodomy in the Mount Washington case. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set for Dec. 13.