FORTVILLE — An Indianapolis man faces sexual battery charges amid allegations that he repeatedly harassed waitresses at a local restaurant, police said.

Roger Newman, 64, pleaded not guilty Tuesday after charges of distribution of obscene matter, sexual battery, public indecency and harassment landed him in the Hancock County Jail this week.

Managers at the Lincoln Square Pancake House in Fortville told police Newman is frequently a customer at their restaurants, and his visits are usually accompanied by some sort of disturbance, court documents state.

A warrant was issued for Newman’s arrest in April after he reportedly urinated on a vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot, grabbed a waitress inappropriately and passed vulgar notes to two others.

In the notes, Newman reportedly told waitresses he wanted to have sex with them, court documents show.

Newman now faces a Level 6 felony and three misdemeanor charges. He could spend up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or