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Sexual assault and a child enticement charges have been filed against a 63-year-old man after he tried to lure a teenage boy into a restroom at a fast food restaurant to have sex with him.

Adrian Fernandez, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney‘s Office with second-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16 and child enticement. Both were charged as a repeat offender and serious sex crimes. If convicted of both charges, Fernandez faces up to 72 years in prison and fines up to $200,000.

Fernandez was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault in Kenosha County in 1984.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Racine Police Department was called for a report of a sexual assault of an employee at McDonald’s, 3037 Douglas Ave.

The employee told police he worked at the restaurant the previous night when two customers were eating at the restaurant. As the boy was cleaning the men’s bathroom, Fernandez followed him in, told the boy he had a nice body and asked if he could touch him. The boy said no, and as the boy tried to leave the restroom Fernandez touched his buttocks.

The boy left and told his manager what had happened. The manager spoke to Fernandez and told him that if he came back to the restaurant he would call the police. The manager also told the boy to let him know if Fernandez came back.

The next day, the boy was again working at the restaurant and saw Fernandez getting out of a white truck. As he walked to the bathroom, Fernandez whispered to the boy to follow him. Once Fernandez was in the bathroom, the boy wrote down the license plate of the truck Fernandez drove. When he went back to cleaning, Fernandez cracked open the door to the bathroom and beckoned for him to come to the bathroom.

“Fernandez left the bathroom and approached the counter, where he proceeded to make sexual motions with his tongue toward (the boy),” the complaint reads.

Fernandez is expected to have an initial appearance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

Denise Lockwood

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.