MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The owner of a Middletown doughnut shop has been charged with sexual assault, according to Rhode Island State Police.
Valdemar Leite, 54, was arrested last week on charges of first-degree and second-degree sexual assault.
Police didn’t elaborate on the allegations, but court records indicate that the incident happened in Portsmouth back in May 2022.
Leite pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $50,000 surety bail Thursday. He was also ordered not to have contact with his victim.
Police confirmed that Leite is the owner of Ma’s Donuts, which filed a trademark lawsuit against a New Bedford shop with the same name more than two years ago.
12 News reached out to Ma’s Donuts regarding the charges, but the shop’s manager declined to comment.
Leite’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 25.