by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
ROSWELL, Ga. - Roswell police have charged a man with sexual battery after authorities said he groped a woman at a local coffee shop, then told police he couldn’t resist the woman.
Police said on June 7, he grabbed the buttocks of a 23-year-old woman waiting in line at the Starbucks on Mansell Road and Highway 9.
“She confronted the individual and the store clerks threw him out,” said Officer Zachary Frommer with the Roswell Police Department. “She flagged down a police officer and was able to show the officer who it was. He was still in the area.”
Frommer said officers later found Harris at a bus stop and confronted him with the allegations.
“He was intoxicated and said he saw her and just couldn’t resist,” said Frommer.
Customers told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they were surprised to hear about what happened.
“I think it’s crazy his admission was that he couldn’t contain himself,” said Layne Nicholson. “That’s unsettling.”
Hannah Vahaba O’Donoghue said she’s not sure how she would have reacted if she experienced the same assault.
“I think I would freak out and want to get out of there as soon as possible,” she said. “I don’t know if I’d go after the person.”
Petchenik uncovered that Harris was arrested last June by Sandy Springs police and accused of indecent exposure after a woman reported seeing Harris standing along Ga. 400 performing a sex act on himself. On-line court records indicate, however, that prosecutors later dismissed that charge.
Records also show previous arrests in Roswell and Gwinnett County on suspicion of various misdemeanor crimes.