Sportsway Cafe Employee Charged With Raping a Wheaton Student

The following information was supplied by the Norton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

On Feb. 10, Norton Police received a report from a female Wheaton College student that she was sexually assaulted while at the Sportsway Café, 57 W. Main St., Norton. 

The victim stated to police that on Feb. 2, she was at the Sportsway Café with friends when she was sexually assaulted by an employee of the establishment.  The employee was working at the time of the incident.

 After an investigation by Norton police detectives, an arrest warrant was obtained through the Attleboro District Court for Paul Panaikas, 38, of Bay Street, Taunton. Panaikas was placed under arrest this morning in Easton by Norton police and transported to Norton Police Department. He was then transported to the Attleboro District Court for arraignment.

 Panaikas is employed as a bouncer at Sportsway Café.  He is charged with one count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery of a person over the age of 14.


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