On Friday Night (10/06), just after 11PM, MNPD was called to Nashville Shores (Haunted House Attraction) on a report that a 40 year old man had fondled 4 female employees. Victims state the man, identified as Billy B. James, had come through the haunted attraction twice, once with his 2 nephews and an adult female, and a second time with just his nephews. According to one victim, age 20, he caressed her breasts and grabbed her victim’s crotch and told her “Trump told me to do it”.
A second victim, age 19, says he caressed her breasts and ran his hand down her hair to her breasts again on a second trip through the attraction. He attempted to touch her crotch, but was unable to do so as she was on crutches. A third victim, age 16, reports James grabbed her butt twice and caressed her crotch. He then fondled a 17yo victim, as well.
A Metro officer was working the location as a second job, and took Billy Bruce James into custody. All of the victims positively identified the defendant.
James was charged with 3 counts of ‘Sexual Battery- Without Consent’, Class E Felonies (1 victim had already left the scene and wasn’t yet available for police interview), and released on $9,000 bond via Grumpy’s Bail Bonds, to his Lakeland Dr home in Nashville.
According to a statement given to police, James says he did not fondle anyone and said the most he did was “give the girls a fist bump and a pat on the shoulder because they were doing a good job”. He stated he did not touch anyone in an inappropriate way and added that he respects women and would never treat or talk to them that way.
On 10-06-2017 at approx 2308 hours officers were dispatched to Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Rd) after 4 female employees (Nashville Shores Haunted House) reported that the defendant had fondled them. Victim 1 (20yo) stated that the defendant had come through the show twice, once with two male children and an adult female blond, and a second time with just the children. She stated the defendant walked by and caressed her breasts and then grabbed her crotch and told her “Trump told me to do it”. Victim 2 (19yo) stated that on the first walk through the defendant caressed her breasts. Victim 2 stated that on a second time he came through he ran his hand down her hair and continued down again to her breasts for a second time. She stated he attempted to touch her crotch however, she was on crutches and he was unable to. Victim 3 (16yo) stated that the defendant grabbed her butt twice and then caressed her crotch. A fourth employee Victim 4 (17yo) was also fondled however, she had to leave before officers were able to talk to her. On the defendants second time through, security was alerted that the defendant had returned after the employees noticed him again. He was taken into custody with the assistance of a Metro Officer who was working an extra job at the location at the time. All of the women positively identified the defendant who was with his two male nephews. The defendant’s girlfriend, a female white pulled up with their vehicle to pick the nephews up. The defendant stated he did not fondle anyone and said the most he did was “give the girls a fist bump and a pat on the shoulder because they were doing a good job”. He stated he did not touch anyone in an inappropriate way and added that he respects women and would never treat or talk to them that way.
James will appear in court on 10/23/17.
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