Frisco Holiday Inn owner pleads guilty in harassment case
A Frisco hotel owner pleaded guilty Friday to petty offenses in Summit County Court stemming from an incident in March when he inappropriately entered the room of a female guest.
Adam Pietraszek, 52, owner of the Holiday Inn Summit County-Frisco, pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. The original charge of harassment was dropped as part of a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.
Pietraszek was sentenced by Judge Edward Casias to serve one year of unsupervised probation, to perform 120 hours of community service and to undergo an alcohol evaluation and treatment.
Pietraszek also was ordered to write an apology letter to the victim, a 37-year-old woman. Pietraszek is forbidden from any other future contact with the victim.
Deputy district attorney Jeff Patty told the court his office thought the plea deal was appropriate given the facts of the case.
On Friday, Feb. 28, Pietraszek was hosting a town of Frisco event at the Sporting News Grill, located on the second floor of the Holiday Inn. At about 7:30 p.m., the victim and two of her friends entered the bar to have dinner, Patty said.
Pietraszek bought the victim and her friends several rounds of drinks and eventually joined their table as nighttime gave way to early morning. According to witness statements, Pietraszek became thoroughly intoxicated as the night progressed, Patty said.
At one point, shortly before 3 a.m., Pietraszek put his hand on the victim’s thigh and lower back, Patty said. The victim, who told Pietraszek she was married, then left the bar and returned to her room.
About 30 minutes later, Pietraszek used his master key to enter the victim’s room, bearing snacks and saying he had come to check on her, according to Frisco police records. Pietraszek quickly left after being asked to do so by the victim and her female friend.
Pietraszek’s attorney, Fred Winocur, of Denver, argued the whole case was based on a misunderstanding, saying Pietraszek did not use a master key to enter the victim’s room. Rather, Winocur said the victim and her friend gave Pietraszek their key while at the bar with the understanding that he would check up on them later.
“As a manager, Mr. Pietraszek has a responsibility to be a host and to perform certain hospitality duties,” Winocur said. “He had a responsibility to ensure the welfare of his guests, especially those who had been consuming alcohol.”
Winocur also said his office conducted several interviews with witnesses, none of whom were able to corroborate the victim’s story. Additionally, the victim herself made contradictory statements to her friends, saying sometime after the incident that she wasn’t completely sure it was Pietraszek who groped her.
Despite the question about his guilt, Winocur said his client was open to a deal given his position as a business owner in the community.
“Mr. Pietraszek spends hundreds of hours volunteering for various nonprofits and local charities when he puts on these events,” Winocur said. “He’s a self-made person, he came from nothing, so his reputation in the community is a concern, as is the perception of the Holiday Inn.”
Casias touched on that potentially bruised reputation before handing down his sentence, saying Pietraszek would be wise to strike better balance between his professional and social lives, especially while at the Holiday Inn.
“If you’re the manager, if you’re the face of the hotel, you shouldn’t be drinking with guests the way that you were that night,” Casias said. “You can certainly be friendly and social, but you can’t do this. You need to be professional and getting drunk in your bar and in your hotel is not.”
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