Weird Legal News: Florida Man Gropes Woman at Wal-Mart, Tells Cops “Her Booty Looked So Good”
Aug 14, 2012 12:39 PM EDT
On Thursday Aaron Morris was arrested at the North Lauderdale Walmart in Florida for allegedly groping a female customer who was near one of the store's dressing rooms.
Morris was taken to the Broward County jail and charged with misdemeanor for battery. Bail has been set at $1000; he has not posted it yet and remains in police custody.
According to reports, Morris did not deny groping the 18-year-old and told cops that he couldn't resist. Maybe this is a lesson that honesty doesn't always pay off, as Deanne Katz wrote on FindLaw, "If you're going to grope someone's derriere in Walmart it's best to have an alibi ready. Something like 'that's my significant other and they consented' or 'I didn't do anything' would be helpful. 'Her booty looked so good' is not going to help with the sexual harassment charges," as reported on the blogsite of Find Law.
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In addition to sexual harassment charged, the victim could sue Morris for monetary compensation in a civil lawsuit.
In the state of Florida, misdemeanor battery - also called simple battery is defined by a Florida Statute as an intentional non-consensual touching of a person, regardless of whether harm is caused or not. A person charged and convicted with this misdemeanor can face up to a year in prison, a year of probation and a fine of $1000. According to reports, this is one of the top causes for arrest and prosecution in the state of Florida.
According to Hussein & Webber Litigation, "It is a serious charge, not only because of the potential penalties it carries, but because of the stigma attached to a person who, upon conviction, is instantly labeled as 'violent' or (even worse) as a 'batterer'," according to the firm's website.
If Morris is convicted of these charges he could be face all the above penalties.