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Police said the teacher, Rene Frank, 27, also told them she is pregnant with twins and the 17-year-old student is the father.
Channel 2′s Tom Jones was in the courtroom for Frank’s first court appearance.
Jones said Frank walked in and immediately began crying.
A judge denied bond for Frank, at which point Jones said she began to cry again. Frank is charged with sexual assault against a person under supervision in a school.
According to police documents and an arrest warrant, Frank taught math at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale. Officers said the 17-year-old student told a teacher he was involved in a sexual relationship with Frank. That teacher told the principal and police were called.
Officers said they questioned Frank and she admitted the allegations were true. Police said she told officers that the student’s father asked her to give his son a ride to school and that’s when the relationship progressed. The sex took place in Frank’s car off campus, police said.
Students at the school said they heard about the relationship, but not the pregnancy.
“It’s crazy. Nasty,” said Drew High School student David Grier.
A parent of another Drew High School student was disgusted after hearing about the allegations.
“Well, it’s kind of sickening, you know. You send the kids up here for education and then this type of thing going on in the schools,” parent Carlotta Thornton said. “It’s crazy. If I was the parent, I’d be upset. I would be totally upset.”
According to police records, another Drew High School student told police he also had a sexual relationship with Frank, but Frank denied that. Police said their investigation continues.
Frank’s attorney, Meg Strickler, said her client is innocent until proven guilty, and people should let the court process work.
A Clayton County School System spokesman said he couldn’t comment because it is a personnel issue. Frank told police she is now unemployed.
The 17-year-old student’s mother said the relationship with the teacher has had an adverse affect on him and that he is trying to get his life together.
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Contemporary Security Canada has posted job openings for security screeners, who will be using metal detectors to vet people going into the security perimeters in Toronto and Huntsville.
Guards are expected to work from June 15 to June 28, clocking as many as 120 hours.
“They’re going to be an augmentation to the security staff,” said Sgt. Michele Paradis of the summits’ Integrated Security Unit.
Meanwhile, a director with a Toronto security firm said a work order has been distributed that requires security guards be posted at GO Transit stations “all across the line.”
GO spokesperson Vanessa Thomson said the service is looking to hire security for the summit, but declined to discuss details because it “could compromise the safety and security of our customers.”
“GO Transit is taking reasonable steps to ensure the movement of our customers as best as possible,” she said.
None of the CSC guards will be carrying weapons and they will always be working alongside police officers, Paradis said.
Details of the guards’ specific tasks haven’t been released yet, but they will mainly be used as screeners at checkpoints, entrance gates and other busy locations, she said.
“It’s much the same way (private guards) were used at the Olympics,” she said.
In fact, CSC was in charge of 90 per cent of the Vancouver Olympics security screening staff who x-rayed bags and performed security checks as spectators entered the venues.
The firm received 11,236 applications for the Olympic gig and many of the 5,000 jobs went to students, First Nations and retired police and military personnel.
All staff hired to work the summits must have an Ontario Security Guard licence and pass mandatory training, the CSC job posting said.
The full-time gig pays $20-24 an hour. Accommodation, transportation, uniforms and most meals will be provided.
The company is holding interviews at the Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts from now until June 7.
A man who police said was speeding toward a security guard after a domestic quarrel at a Woodlawn neighborhood apartment complex died after he was shot by the guard Monday afternoon.
Quintin Sharp, 25, of the 6300 block of South King Drive, was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Sharp was attempting to flee the scene about 3:40 p.m. in a car with a 6-year-old boy when he was stopped in the parking lot of the South Side complex by security guards, said Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez. When Sharp accelerated toward one of the guards with a vehicle he had taken from a woman, another guard opened fire, striking Sharp in the head, Perez said.
It is not clear if the woman was a girlfriend or wife, or if the boy was Sharp’s son.
After Sharp was shot, he crashed nearby in the 6400 block of King Drive, Perez said. The child, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor cuts from flying glass in the shooting, Perez said. Sharp was taken to the hospital where he later died.
So far, the incident is not being investigated as a homicide but as an aggravated assault because the car was being used as a weapon, Perez said.
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A Roman Catholic priest who formerly served in Belleville and Breese is accused of shoplifting butter and a sofa cover at a Wal-Mart in Southern Illinois.
Police in the village of West City arrested 41-year-old the Rev. Steven Poole on Friday. He’s charged with two felony theft counts.
Investigators say Poole failed to scan a $3.22 container of butter and a $60 sofa cover at a self-checkout. Poole then allegedly went to the store’s bedding section, picked up a memory foam mattress and switched the pricing bar code. That caused the $145 item to be scanned for $31.
Allegedly, Poole also possessed a stolen laptop computer power pack.
He’s the priest for St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Christopher and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sesser.
Poole does not have a listed home telephone number, and messages left for him at the churches were not returned.
In 2001, Poole was convicted in St. Louis County Circuit Court of stealing an antique pub sign from a Ladue, Mo., antiques shop. He was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
In January 2001, Poole filed a false report with the Breese Police Department that he had been beaten and robbed at St. Augustine’s Church. He was sentenced to six months of court supervision.
After the incidents in 2001, Poole was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Belleville to serve as an assistant to the pastor there. Diocesan leaders said then that Poole had undergone counseling. He remained at the Belleville church for about a year.
Deputies say Grace Anne Stewart, of the Town of Batavia, stole the money between Nov. 1 and Monday from the Home Depot at 4181 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The store loss prevention personnel investigated the thefts but did not release how the thefts took place.
She must appear in Batavia Town Court on June 14 to answer the charge.
Police say 31-year-old Jesse Russel, Jr. was an IMPD officer for three years. He was arrested Thursday, held on two counts of arson, and has resigned immediately.
The first case involved a fire that happened May 14 at Lakeview Terrace Apartments near 21st and Mitthoeffer on the far eastside.
Federal, state and local teams worked the investigation, ruling out accidental causes early in the process. While there were no injuries, the damage was estimated at $30,000.
Investigators are still unclear if there is a connection to two additional fires at the Nottingham Village apartments. Those fires occurred April 23 and May 6.
Police are not releasing a mug shot for investigative purposes.
Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Jose Montoya tells you United States Justice Associates could save your career. Just admit you’re guilty, waive rights to an attorney and pay $500 immediately, and all your problems go away.
Robert Draskovich is the attorney representing USJA and its owner. He says using the private counseling service kept Metro from dealing with petty crimes and that the program and video just streamlined a normally slow process.
“It was easier, not only for the casinos personnel, it was easier on Metro. It was easier on all those involved in the justice system,” he said.
“Basically saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got you now and we’ll call the police unless you give us money.’ There is a word for that: it is called extortion,” said Allen Lichtenstein with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Lichtenstein was disgusted with the video and USJA’s tactics. His opinion echoes that of Metro’s investigation: twice over the last seven months, police raided USJA looking for evidence of extortion and the “very threatening” nature of the program.
“The casinos do not have the right to pretend that they are the police,” said Lichtenstein.
He says the legal threats are exaggerated and the theatrics and official tone are misleading. The county, the courts or Metro have not given any true approval and Lichtenstein says it scares people into complying.
One account they didn’t snag was MGM Mirage. Corporate security chief Tom Lozich questioned the legality, and the intent, of the program. For every $500 fee, the casinos got $100 in return. Lozich says that’s incentive to haul people in.
“When you look at it from an integrity standpoint, that kind of brings that into kind of a questionable area,” he said.
Station Casinos security chief Bill Young did like the program. He says security officers can decide guilt or innocence best in most cases.
“It reduces the need for a prosecutor being involved — a public defender,” he said.
But Young not only runs security for Station, he’s the former sheriff of Clark County and says he used USJA at the urging of Chief Judge Doug Smith. In a letter supporting the counseling program, Smith said he has “never used one that is better” and that he “wholeheartedly, without reservation” recommends using it.
Smith declined to comment, but USJA was in court Tuesday trying to find out more about the raids.
Despite the investigation and court activity, Young stands his ground. He thinks the program does not look like extortion and their tactics shouldn’t be criticized.
“I don’t know who’s pushing this. I don’t know if it’s the ACLU, but it’s a crock of s*** as far as I’m concerned. Excuse my language,” he said.
Casinos in charge of the law. No oversight, no accountability but finally some scrutiny making its way into the backrooms.
Shortly after Sheriff Doug Gillespie came on board, the officer in the video was taken out and replaced by an actor. Metro never approved this program or signed off.
Bill Young and Stations ended their contract after learning USJA was not actually forwarding cases to prosecution if the person failed to follow through on counseling.
The owner of USJA, Steven Brox, has not been charged on this case. Because of the Metro raids, the program has temporarily been shut down.
LEWISTON, Maine May 26 2010A party that got out of control ended with several arrests and an injured officer on the Bates College campus early Wednesday morning, according to police.
Investigators told News 8 that students were celebrating on campus Tuesday night when someone called 911 and requested an ambulance for a girl who needed help.
According to police, students would not let the ambulance through. Bates College security officers were finally able to get people to move for the ambulance, but that’s when police said the crowd became unruly, yelling and taunting officers.
Security called in Lewiston police for help. When they responded, police said, the crowd turned on them. Lewiston Sgt. Rob Ullrich was attempting to arrest a student when he broke his leg in two places, according to police.
In all, nine people were arrested on charges of failure to disperse and disorderly conduct.
Allen Rubin Newsom Jr., 47, was charged with aggravated assault on medical staff.
Police said a security guard at Bay Medical Center confronted Newsom after he spotted him attempting to burglarize a vehicle in the hospital parking lot.
Newsom ran, but the guard pursued and caught up with him, police said. At that point, Newsom reportedly pulled a knife and attempted to open it, but was tackled to the ground first.
Residents at an apartment complex in southeast Houston say a security guard shot and killed one of the people who lives there.
It happened at the Cullen Park Apartments on Wenda near Coffee. Witnesses tell Eyewitness News that a man was returning home around 11pm Monday.
We’re told he had gone to the store to get something for his mother. When he returned to the complex, he apparently tapped a woman’s car with his car.
She complained and that’s when a security guard tried to stop the man from driving through. But the man bypassed the guard and kept driving, which is when witnesses say at least one security guard opened fire.
“The man was coming back to his house. They shot his vehicle six times,” said resident Ranaisha Jones. “They shot through the window and shot the man in his back and he died.”
The victim, who hasn’t been identified yet, is in his early 20s. Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses right now, trying to determine what exactly happened
Top Gun Security, who runs security at the apartment, refused to comment on the shooting.
Scott Smallwood, 27, of Upper Marlboro was arrested May 21. Prince George’s schools spokesman Darrell Pressley said that Smallwood had been employed as a driver since 2005 and that he has been placed on leave. Pressley said he did not know which schools were on Smallwood’s routes. Federal authorities said his routes included elementary schools.
According to court documents, the investigation started March 15 when a man found a memory card on the counter of a 7-Eleven on Coventry Way in Clinton.
Within an hour, the customer called Prince George’s police and told them that the card contained videos of a man sexually assaulting a young boy.
Investigators eventually identified the boy and Smallwood from the videos, according to court records. On May 21, the boy told Prince George’s social service workers that Smallwood was his “night” bus driver and someone who “took him to church,” the records say. It was not immediately clear whether Smallwood knew the boy from a school route.
The boy told officials that he had “sleepovers” with Smallwood and that Smallwood offered him candy, the documents say.
Smallwood acknowledged to federal agents that he had “several inappropriate contacts” with the boy, the documents say. He also told agents that he took the memory card out of his cellphone to destroy it but then lost it.
Anthony “Tony” Hollis, 42, Martinsville, was arrested Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Music Center and charged with misdemeanor counts of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement.
According to a statement from Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Vicky Dunbar, Hollis and his girlfriend, Candace Lyles, 41, Martinsville, were attending Saturday’s Nickelback rock concert when she needed to use the restroom. Because the lines for the women’s restroom were so long, police say, Hollis took his girlfriend into the men’s restroom. When the two exited the men’s room, the two “literally walked into” a deputy working security at the event, Dunbar said.
When the deputy questioned the two, Hollis reportedly told the officer twice, “there’s no need to worry about it,” and told Lyles to leave.
As Lyles attempted to leave, the deputy grabbed her by her arm to stop her. Hollis then grabbed the officer’s arm, sparking a minor scuffle. Other officers arrived moments later and helped subdue Hollis, placing him under arrest.
“When he arrived at our office, he continued to be verbally belligerent,” Dunbar said. “He told officers he was a Martinsville police officer and they didn’t know what they were doing.”
Hollis was released the next day after posting a $2,500 bond.
Dunbar said alcohol played a major factor in the altercation.
“Hollis was administered a portable breath test, which registered 0.14″ blood-alcohol count, Dunbar said. “He admitted he’d been drinking all day (at the concert).”
Lyles registered a 0.11 percent blood alcohol level, and was cited for misdemeanor public intoxication.
Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis said he couldn’t comment on the situation until he had seen the police report and talked to Hollis, who had the day off. He refused to say what kind of discipline Hollis may face in the near future.
“We’re still looking into it,” Davis said.
Davis said this was the first time in his 27 years with the department that an officer had been arrested.
Ronald S. Dunn, 44, a 20-year veteran of the police department, was charged with custodial indecent liberties and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Custodial indecent liberties refers to incidents involving an adult who has some form of authority over the child.
The department began investigating Dunn on Thursday after receiving a report of inappropriate conduct. He was arrested on Sunday and released on a personal recognizance bond. He was placed on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
CHULA VISTA CA May 23 2010 — A security guard was knifed in the abdomen and leg when he tried to stop two men from stealing alcohol from a grocery store, Chula Vista police said today.
The assault occurred about 2:45 p.m. Friday at the Food-4-Less on Palomar Street near Industrial Boulevard, police Lt. Fritz Reber said.
Two men reportedly grabbed some containers of alcohol and started to run out of the store. A security guard tried to stop them and got into a fight with the pair, Reber said.
One of the thieves stabbed the guard once in the abdomen and once in the left thigh. The men ran toward a nearby trolley station and escaped. The guard was hospitalized but is expected to recover, Reber said.
ST. GEORGE Utah May 23 2010
source:the spectrum news – A Walmart employee was arrested Thursday on charges she changed the prices on merchandise.
Julia L. Richmond, 53, 414 E. Pennees Place, Washington City, was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on 11 counts of retail theft, one for each incident alleged to have occurred.
Officers responded to the Bloomington store and met with Walmart security following an in-store investigation of the incidents.
The price-changing had allegedly occurred between the morning of March 27 and the afternoon of May 15, St. George Police Lt. James Van Fleet said.
Van Fleet said investigators were able to get little information from Richmond, and are currently operating under the assumption she was allegedly altering the prices for her own benefit.
“She alluded to another person who was involved,” Van Fleet said. “(But) this may be a situation where she was overwriting the prices for herself. … She hasn’t given us enough information for us to dig into.”
Richmond was booked on $6,545 bail.
By: Brett Davis/Staff
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ Wichita police are investigating an attempted robbery of the Al Noor Grocery & Biryani House where a security officer was injured.
Police say around five o’clock Wednesday afternoon, two suspects entered the store and tried to rob the store owner. The man fought with suspects, and a security officer who arrived at the store to assist the owner.
The victims suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Police say that security was able to detain one of the suspects before the other ran away empty-handed.
Police say the outstanding suspect was a light-skinned black or Hispanic man with a slender build. Investigators say the man ran away with no shirt on because it was ripped off during the fight, and he was also wearing blue surgical gloves.
Police have not released the name of the man arrested or the injured security officer.
By: Rick McCann/Staff
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ Authorities have made an arrest of a man wanted in a shooting in Seaford last month.
According to police, Harrington Raceway security personnel spotted Leondre Williams and notified police.
Seaford Police determined that 32 year old Leondre Williams of Bridgeville was responsible for a shooting that hospitalized a 21 year old man.
Williams was quickly taken into custody by security and State Police in the parking lot. Williams was turned over to Seaford Police who have charged him with attempted murder & other offenses.
BOSTON MA May 22 2010 (CBS) ―
A JetBlue pilot was pulled from a flight Thursday night after claiming he wanted to commit suicide “in spectacular fashion.”
A JetBlue pilot was pulled from a flight Thursday night after claiming he wanted to commit suicide “in spectacular fashion.”
It was, perhaps, the most unsettling news for passengers about to take off on JetBlue last night in Boston: A potential danger in the cockpit.
“I don’t think its appropriate, especially with what’s going on the world, with air travel,” said one traveler.
A source tells CBS News that the pilot, so personally distraught, e-mailed his girlfriend threatening to crash the plane he was about to fly if they didn’t reconcile their relationship.
Massachusetts State Police said on Friday that a gun the pilot was carrying was taken away by authorities after he told an acquaintance he might harm himself.
“It’s ridiculous,” said a passenger. “But people say things they don’t always mean.”
But this was certainly taken seriously. The TSA confirms the pilot was taken into custody. He admitted he wasn’t fit for duty and needed help, and was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
The airline released a statement saying:
“A JetBlue pilot was removed from duty for health-related reasons. At no point were any customers or aircraft in danger.”
The airline says the reports that the pilot threatened to crash his place are “pure speculation.”
JetBlue say it is working closely with Boston authorities to ensure the crew member receives appropriate medical attention.
source:wsbtv — Former pastor Richard Scott Harper pleaded guilty to the 2004 killing of church deacon Thad John Reynolds Wednesday. Harper killed Thad Reynolds in a deadly love triangle, police said.
As part of the plea deal, Harper will testify against his former lover and Thad Reynolds’ widow, Michelle Sullins Reynolds, and in return, the state will not seek the death penalty against her.
Officials said Harper’s prerequisites in making the deal was that not only would he not face the death penalty, Michelle Reynolds wouldn’t either. Harper is expected to receive life without the possibility of parole.
On July 5, 2004, Harper stabbed Thad Reynolds, a 36-year-old father of four, to death when he arrived at the northwest Georgia Frito-Lay distribution center where Reynolds was a district manager. Police said Reynolds was stabbed 19 times.
Michelle Sullins Reynolds is accused of conspiring with her lover to have her husband killed. Thad Reynolds was stabbed to death in 2004.
Both Harper and the Reynolds family attended Hollywood Baptist Church in Rome where Harper was an assistant pastor and Thad Reynolds was a deacon and marriage counselor.
Harper was the one who stabbed Thad Reynolds to death, police said, and Michelle Reynolds is accused of conspiring to kill Thad Reynolds. Police said an affair between Michelle Reynolds and Harper led to the attack.
“I think he feels very responsible for the death of Thad Reynolds. He feels very guilty about it, ashamed about it and I think he was relieved to be able to come to court and accept responsibility for it today,” said defense attorney Christopher Adams.
“Of course I’d like to go forward with it but you have to work with the evidence you’ve got. And if I have the opportunity to shore my case up against another defendant, then I think I’m going to take it,” said district attorney Leigh Patterson.
Lake Oswego Police Chief Dan Duncan died at his home Thursday.
Duncan’s death is being ruled as from natural causes, according to Lt. Paul Steigleder of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Duncan was found dead at his home at 9 a.m.
The police chief was set to have a retirement ceremony Friday, but it will now be a memorial service.
It’s not clear if Duncan was suffering from any health problems before his death.
City Manager Alex McIntyre appointed Captain Don Forman, a 30-year veteran, as the interim police chief.
Duncan’s last day as police chief had been scheduled for June 1, according to a report from the Lake Oswego Review newspaper earlier this month. He was named police chief in 2003 and had been with the Lake Oswego Police Department for 25 years.
“Chief Duncan was an exemplary person, police officer, and chief,” Foreman said. “He brought integrity to the Lake Oswego Police Department, and the police profession as a whole. He was a friend and mentor to all of us at the Department.”
Prior to Lake Oswego, he worked within the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.
CEDAR CITY Utah May 21 2010 – Off-duty Cedar City police officer on a Walmart shopping trip ended up arresting a man after he allegedly tried to rob the store Friday.
Christian Robison-Han-chett, 20, 1368 W. 4200 South, Taylorsville, reportedly pretended to shop at the store. While, according to police reports, asking an employee at the garden center for help with a plant, he also asked her to empty out the cash register and not make a scene, said CCPD Public Information Officer Sgt. JR Robinson.
The employee saw an associate nearby and walked over to tell him the situation, Robinson said, prompting the suspect to run from the area.
Walmart security officers also helped in catching and arresting Hanchett, Robinson said, adding that security had been keeping an eye on the suspect since he entered the store.
Hanchett, a former Walmart employee in another city, was taken to Iron County Jail on $10,000 but bailed out Tuesday morning, Robinson said.
Robinson was at the store during the incident while off duty and assisted, but said he was not involved in the arrest that was made by fellow officers.
He added that there have been questions in the past about budgeting for officers to use their police vehicles while off duty and that this is a good example of how this allowance benefits the public, as well as parking the vehicles in neighborhoods as a deterrent.
Mayor Joe Burgess said the current Cedar City Council agreed to allow for all officers to take police vehicles home, but added the case could be made that it is not necessary for every officer.
“We are not changing anything (in the upcoming budget) with this, and it isn’t an ongoing expense for the city, it’s just an initial expense,” Burgess said, explaining that police vehicles are replaced after approximately 100,000 miles and this allowance for off-duty officers doesn’t cost extra.
“We could get to that mileage quicker because of the vehicles being taken home, so the effect would be an initial cost of purchasing another vehicle.”
Robinson said officers get paid for the time spent responding while off duty and are allowed to take action if need be while in plain clothes and their personal vehicles as well.
“It’s not the smartest move, but we are allowed to do it,” he said, noting the lack of weapons, handcuffs or backup could cause problems.
source:KOAT Corporate retailers and police agencies held a summit Wednesday in Albuquerque on how to stop a growing shoplifting problem.
Major retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens, and Target were at the summit, showing that shoplifting is a huge concern for stores– and it’s not just kids stealing a pack of gum anymore.
Joseph LaRocca with the National Retail Federation said Wednesday he handed over more than 1,600 felony cases of shoplifting to prosecutors.
“Retailers could lose billions of dollars every year from crimes that take place in the city,” said LaRocca.
Police officers said the problem is no longer only the average shoplifter, but members of organized groups who are stealing large amounts of merchandise and then selling it.
Police said that many of these shoplifting operations are not at small local stores, but large retailers.
Karen Fischer with the Albuquerque Police Department said the problem has gotten so bad that police have linked up with other communities on an online crime watch system to try to crack the large shoplifting rings.
Fischer said it’s more than just cracking down.
“It’s to understand the impact of retail crime on other crime and how it victimizes individuals and honest citizens,” said Fischer.
Fischer said ultimately the consumer pays the price for shoplifting, because retailers have to raise their prices to compensate for theft.
Authorities said usually the large shoplifting rings are also involved in identity and credit card theft.
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Police say that a shoplifter fleeing the Summit Mall struck a mall security officer with her vehicle injuring the officer.
Arrest warrants have been issued for 41-year-old Elizabeth A. Barkly of Akron who police have been able to identify as the driver of the vehicle. Police say they are looking for her now.
Police said mall security followed Barkley at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday as she fled Summit Mall after reportedly stealing a pair of $30 sandals from American Eagle.
A mall security officer who followed her to the parking lot was copying the vehicle’s license plate number when Barkley reportedly pulled from the parking spot and hit the officer’s right leg.
The officer sustained minor injuries.
Andy Wilson, 44, is charged with one count of sexual battery.
Since 2004, Wilson worked at the Henry County Hospital as a security guard.
According to police, on the night of April 5, a 24-year-old female patient at the hospital asked Wilson for a ride home.
The request by a patient was not unusual.
“It was not uncommon. It was not uncommon. If you asked me how many times it happened a month, I’d say a couple” said Henry County Hospital CEO Blake Dye.
But police say what happened on the car ride home was unusual.
According to court documents, the female victim told officers Wilson, “Placed his hand on her leg” and “Started to feel her crotch area” and “Grabbed her, pulled her close and kissed her on the mouth.”
When questioned, Wilson denied the allegations and told officers he, “Patted victim on leg and said, ‘Yeah, you look good.’”
Wilson claimed the woman kissed him after which he told her this was something he did not want to pursue.
Wilson also said he did nothing illegal and the incident was a moral deficiency not a criminal matter.
Henry County Prosecutor Kit Crane says before Wilson ever got in the car with the woman, Wilson’s co-worker advised him against taking the woman home.
“My experience has been…when a partner says ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea,’ it typically isn’t a good idea” said Crane.
During the investigation Wilson agreed to take a polygraph test, which, according to court documents, he failed.
Police say Wilson then admitted to fondling the woman and he was 100 percent sure he touched her on the crotch.
Because Wilson was carrying his weapon at the time of the alleged incident, the sexual battery charge was elevated to a class C felony, which carries two to eight years in jail if found guilty.
Police recovered hospital video showing the two leaving together in Wilson’s own car.
Police also recovered text messages sent from Wilson’s phone to the victim after the car ride home.
One asked, “Do you want to get together?”
Wilson is out on bond. 24-Hour News 8 stopped by his house for a comment. He was not at home.
Wilson also worked part-time for the sheriff’s department, he has been placed on suspension.