Unwanted touching lands man in prison
A Stafford County man with a history of touching women’s buttocks in public was ordered Thursday to serve 10 months in prison.
Kenneth Lawrence Green, 57, pleaded guilty in Stafford Circuit Court to sexual battery and was sentenced to five years with all but 10 months suspended.
Sexual battery is normally a misdemeanor, but was a Class 6 felony in this case because it was at least Green’s third conviction.
According to prosecutor Tara Mooney, the latest conviction stems from a series of March 13, 2013, incidents at the Goodwill store on Town and Country Drive in southern Stafford. Deputy Scott Myers’ investigation showed that Green had touched the buttocks of at least three different women in the store. None of the women knew Green.
One victim said she was with her daughter when Green walked by close to her even though he had plenty of room to pass. He touched her buttocks and said “excuse me.” He did the same thing to two other women and the victims said he later followed them around the store as if looking for an opportunity to do it again.
Myers responded to the store and Green immediately admitted he was looking for backsides to touch. He blamed his obsession on a mental illness.
The store manager reported that Green had been in the store on other occasions making women uncomfortable by getting too close to them.
Mooney said Green had two previous convictions for sexual battery, one for indecent exposure and one for an assault and battery that also involved the improper touching of a woman.
As part of his sentence, he was ordered to stay out of the Goodwill store and to receive mental health and sex offender evaluations.
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