An Austin man is accused of sexually assaulting a patron last December at a bar he owns in Fort Worth, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Tarrant County.
Israel Espiricueta, 41, the owner of the Library Bar in downtown Fort Worth, was arrested in Travis County on Feb. 5 and charged with sexual assault. He was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond, according to the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
An Eater Austin article from Feb. 26, 2015, said Espiricueta also was an owner of two bars in Austin, the Love Goat and the Rhino Room.
Court documents allege that on Dec. 23, Espiricueta sexually assaulted a female customer at a nearby hotel after she had passed out.
A grand jury is expected to hear the case later this week, the Star-Telegram reported.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman had been drinking with friends who are employees at the Library when Espiricueta proposed to take her to a hotel.
The woman told police she only remembered being in the front seat of a pickup being driven by Espiricueta and waking up on a bed with him making her perform oral sex, the arrest affidavit said.
She blacked out again, the affidavit said, and woke up later with blood on the sheets. An examination at a Fort Worth hospital indicated multiple injuries to her genitalia, the affidavit said.
The Library Bar deactivated its Facebook page Monday afternoon, the Morning News reported.