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Fitness club owner charged with drugging, assaulting intern

The owner of Alessi Fitness-Kids in Williamsville was arrested Thursday by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a college intern who was working for his business in April 2012.

Donald A. Alessi Jr., 44, of Orchard Park was arraigned on an arrest warrant in Clarence Town Court and released without bail.

Alessi turned himself in with his attorney after being notified he was charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance. He is accused of giving the intern some GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate), which state police spokesmen said is commonly used illegally as an intoxicant or as a date rape drug.

Anyone with information about this incident or similar incidents is asked to contact the State Police in Clarence at 759-6831.