BRIDGEPORT — A long-time dish washer at Vazzy’s Restaurant has been charged after police said he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in the restaurant.

Police said the girl, who worked at the restaurant as a hostess, reported the incident to the restaurant manager but nothing was done. She later went to police.

Jaime Sena, 56, a Mexican citizen, was charged Wednesday evening with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree unlawful restraint.

He was released after posting $100,000 bond pending arraignment in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on March 6.

“We are in the process of reviewing all the evidence in the case,” said Sena’s lawyer, Frank Riccio II.

The girl also accused a cook at Vazzy’s of similar actions. Police said they are searching for the man, who they did not identify.

Edward Gavin, the lawyer for restaurateur John Vazzano, the owner of Vazzy’s, said his client has cooperated with police.

“The Vazzy’s restaurant group has been a pillar of the greater Bridgeport community for years. We take allegations such as these seriously. We acted immediately and appropriately. The individuals involved are no longer employed or associated with our restaurants,” Gavin said. “We acted promptly and cooperated with law enforcement.”

In early January, the girl met with police. On Jan. 29, a detective conducted a follow-up investigation and the girl was interviewed by a forensic psychologist at the Center for Family Justice, according to Sena’s arrest warrant affidavit.

During that interview, the affidavit states, the girl said she had worked at Vazzy’s for about a year and during the first couple of months of her employment, the workers in the kitchen would be “creepy” and compliment her body. She stated the worst offender was Sena, who would hug her and tried putting money down her shirt.

In December 2019, the affidavit states, Sena ripped open her shirt in a stairwell in the restaurant and began touching and kissing her chest. He then tried to give her money, the affidavit states.

The girl states in the affidavit that she didn’t want to stay at work after that incident and texted her manager about what Sena had done. She stated that her manager texted her that something would be done.

When the victim later met with her manager in the restaurant, however, the teenager saw Sena was still working there, the affidavit states.

On Feb. 19, the affidavit states, Sena spoke with police. In Spanish, Sena said the victim was about to leave work and he went up to give her a hug. Sena said he tripped and his face went into her exposed chest. He then blurted out that he didn’t yank or pull her shirt open and that it had all been an accident, according to the affidavit.