Arthur Randy Cliett
The owner of an Appling catering business was ordered to spend two days in jail each week for the next two years after being convicted of inappropriate conduct with a teenage boy who worked for him.
Arthur Randall Cliett, 56, of White Oak Road, Appling, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of disorderly conduct. Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Cliett to two years probation, consecutive to each other, as well as the jail time. In addition, Cliett is not allowed to hire anyone under 21 for his business, Wisteria Hill Plantation.
Through his business, Cliett offers “a wide range of hospitality services including wedding and event planning, catering and fun events with rides, inflatables and interactive games,” according to the website.
The victim had been an employee for about six months when Cliett made sexual advances. In court Friday, the teenage victim told the judge what happened last year, when he was 17.
The teen explained that he had gone to dinner at Las Lomas Mexican Restaurant with his boss on a Sunday and had drank two beers that were purchased for him.
Then the two headed back to Cliett’s house. On the way there, the teen said Cliett touched him. At the house, Cliett gave the victim more alcohol.
When the teen emerged from the bathroom, Cliett was in his bedroom and made sexual advances to the boy, pinning him on the bed and kissing him.
The boy was intoxicated and couldn’t figure out how to leave the bedroom since Cliett had locked the door. Cliett had to unlock the door to let him out.
The boy told the judge that Cliett had been like a grandfather to him and he had looked up to him before the incident.
Cliett’s attorney, Jason Troiano, declined comment on the case last week.