Jeffery Slaughter, a manager at the Flagstaff Chick-fil-A, has pleaded not guilty on Monday, Oct. 7 to four charges of sexual conduct with a minor.
The Arizona Daily Sun has obtained preliminary reports that give more details on the case as the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate. The records show Slaughter became close to the victim as her manager at the Flagstaff Chick-fil-A on South Milton Road. Slaughter is 46 years old and the alleged victim is not old enough to be a legally consenting adult.
Records show sheriff's investigators interviewed Slaughter on Sept. 16. When the investigators asked Slaughter why he thought he was being interviewed, he cited having an “inappropriate relationship." Slaughter also described the alleged victim as “nothing but honest.” He didn’t know what the victim said to police during her report, but said, “I assume it’s true.”
The victim told investigators that her interactions with Slaughter began as early as July 2019. She alleged Slaughter began to purchase food for the victim after her shift. The victim said she and Slaughter then began spending time together after work.
The first alleged crimes happened two weeks before the victim came forward to police. The victim reported the alleged sexual conduct included penetration and occurred in Doney Park.
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Investigators also reportedly downloaded information from the victim’s phone showing text messages and search history including “Can a 50 year old man go to jail for having sex” and “what do I do if he wont (sic) stop when I day (sic) no.”
Joseph Carver, a Coconino County legal defender, was assigned to represent Slaughter at his Oct. 7 hearing. He declined to comment on his client’s case over the phone Tuesday.
During the hearing, Slaughter was released from jail into the supervision of Coconino County's Pretrial Services with the highest level of supervision. Judge Ted Reed ordered that Slaughter have no contact with the victim.
When reached for comment, Nathan Vickeroy, the owner of Chick-fil-A's South Milton Road location, referred questions to their corporate office. Chick-fil-A's corporate office did not respond for comment by press time.