A hotel worker on the Treasure Coast is accused of sexually assaulting a man in one of the rooms.
In 1996, Steven Curl was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager. He served his time, but he was arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges again.
Police said the 58-year-old was fired from the Howard Johnson on U.S. Highway 1 in Stuart, where he worked and lives, after he allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old man.
"That's disgusting. Personally, I think that's wrong," said James Volpelletto, who lives nearby.
Volpelletto said the story hits too close to home. He said he frequents the restaurant next to the hotel and, like the victim, is also 18.
According to police reports, the victim had no place to sleep, so Curl offered to let the man stay in his hotel room and gave him alcohol. When the victim fell asleep, that's when police said Curl forcefully had sex with him.
"I would definitely be skeptical about it," Volpelletto said. "I don't think I would do it. I'd probably try to live with one of my friends. I definitely would not go into a hotel where someone lives."
The hotel manager, Michael Smith, said he has worked with Curl for 10 years. He described Curl, who worked at the front desk, as an exemplary employee who was liked by all of the guests, despite his criminal past.
"My wife and I believe people are redeemable," Smith said in a statement. "If we don't hire the felons, then we are going to have a bunch of felons running around doing more crime. They have to have some place to work."
Curl was being held without bail.