Hy-Vee Employee Charged with Touching Female Customer in Oakdale Store

Hy-Vee Employee Charged with Touching Female Customer in Oakdale Store Photo: KSTP

November 14, 2017 11:45 AM

A worker at the Oakdale Hy-Vee has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct after a customer reported he touched her when she was sitting in the dining area.

Joshua Jeremy White, 24, of St. Paul is charged in connection with a May 26 incident. 


The criminal complaint details the following:

Police were called to the Oakdale Hy-Vee at 3:54 a.m. to report of an "unwanted man" in the store. The manager told authorities the man, White, was an employee refusing to leave after a woman reported he groped her. 

The woman said she sat in the dining area and ate an ice cream sandwich, while she was waiting for a ride. She told police White approaches her to clear the wrapper off the table. He returned a few minutes later and sat next to her. 

She told police he reached around her back, touching her butt and genitals through her clothing. 

Police say surveillance video shows White sitting next to the woman, but his hands are not visible. The video also shows the woman "suddenly sitting up in the booth and defendant leaving in a hurry. 

White told police the woman appeared "intoxicated," and said he went back to see if she was OK, then offered her a glass of water. He told police he sat next to her, but he denied touching her inappropriately. 


Theresa Malloy

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