The owner of Hillers Pizza appeared in Framingham District Court on Wednesday at a compliance hearing, and a final compliance hearing was granted for Sept. 6.
Petros “Peter” Sismanis appeared in court but did not speak, according to Sarah Lamson, a spokesperson from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He was charged on Jan. 17 with one count of indecent assault of a minor and two counts of witness intimidation following an alleged incident with a teenage female employee in the basement of the restaurant. Through his attorney, Joseph Eisenstadt, he entered a plea of not guilty.
The initial compliance hearing was required because at a March 22 pretrial hearing, Judge Jennifer Stark granted a postponement for discovery. This allowed the defense to request to see evidence from the prosecution and have time to examine it. A motion for discovery often is the first step at a pretrial hearing and is a formal request for evidence.
The case had been continued during a follow-up hearing on May 24.
According to Massachusetts District/Municipal Courts Rules of Criminal Procedure, “a subsequent court hearing shall be scheduled at the request of the party seeking discovery to ensure compliance with such order.”
The Independent contacted Eisenstadt via email on Wednesday seeking further information but did not receive a response.