New victims come forward in A&W attacks

As police predicted, the trail did not end with the two girls James Border, Jr., is currently charged with sexually assaulting.

In the weeks following Border’s formal charging Feb. 13, the Port Orchard Police Department has received at least a half dozen calls from other women with information on Border and his alleged misdeeds.

At least two women who talked to police said Border sexually assaulted them as well.

Border, a 27-year-old former manager at the Port Orchard A&W, is charged with one count of sexual misconduct for allegedly coercing two girls into having sex with him while he was their supervisor at the restaurant.

Border left the A&W in June to work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. However, Border was later banned from the A&W because he was reportedly making female employees nervous.

One of the women who spoke with police after Border’s charging was also a former A&W employee who said she had seen Border engage in some suspicious behavior while she worked there.

“She said she noticed that he was friendly with the other girls who worked there — come up and put his arms around them,” said Port Orchard Det. Jason Glantz.

According to police reports, Border claimed the sex was consensual and he thought of his female co-workers as friends. However, police have spoken to two women who said Border attacked them while out on a date or similar social activity. Neither woman had ever worked with Border at the A&W.

Glantz said the details of the attacks were similar to those outlined in the charging documents against Border.

Glantz has still more interviews with potential victims scheduled for this week, and he doesn’t think the case ends there, either.

“I think there’s still more people out there,” Glantz said. “I think they’re afraid to come forward.”

Border’s omnibus hearing has been scheduled for today, at which point the prosecution may consider adding extra charges based on the new information. Nevertheless, Glantz said there is no way to know what the prosecution will choose to do at this point.

Border’s trial is currently slated for May 7.

Glantz emphasized that the investigation into Border remains open and he encourages anyone with information on Border to call him at 876-1700.

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