‘Whether that was a legitimate inquiry he was doing or some sort of defense that he was simply exploring… it’s [an] irrelevant consideration…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) An Indiana man allegedly grabbed a woman’s pelvic area in the women’s restroom at Walmart on March 25, but he denied sexually assaulting her and gave a creepy explanation about why he was in there.
When managers at the Clarksville Walmart asked the suspect, Nathaniel Brown, why he was in the ladies’ restroom, he responded, “How do you know I’m not a female?”
He also asked why the store does not have a transgender bathroom.
Police arrived and found the subject searching for information about transgender bathroom laws on the internet. They questioned the suspect, and he denied grabbing the women.
He said he simply “bumped” into her, WAVE3 News reported.
“He was in the electronics section of Walmart doing research there about laws that pertain to transgender bathrooms,” Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.
“Whether that was a legitimate inquiry he was doing or some sort of defense that he was simply exploring to assert in this case, I don’t know. And again, it’s [an] irrelevant consideration. What’s important is that a female who was working hard went into the restroom was allegedly sexually assaulted and battered by this individual.”
Brown then said he was in the women’s restroom not because he is a female, but because it is cleaner than the men’s restroom, The News and Tribune reported.
Police arrested Brown for sexual battery, as well as possession of methamphetamine and two syringes.
“Whether or not drugs played a role in this, I don’t now at this time,” Mull said. “Certainly individuals taking methamphetamine can act in a variety of abnormal and illegal ways.”
The victim said Brown came out of a stall and grabbed her pelvic area. She said she elbowed him away and notified management.
“She did all the right things a victim should do,” Mull said.
Another woman that saw Brown washing his hands directly after the incident said she “got a vibe that he was up to something.”