Man accused of groping teen at restaurant pleads guilty

A Maryville man accused of groping a 16-year-old girl at a restaurant last year says he's guilty.

Blount County officials say Bruce William Ruck pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and a reduced charge of attempted sexual battery Tuesday afternoon.

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He received a suspended sentence for 11 months and 29 days, meaning he will serve no jail time, but he must register as a sex offender, wear an electronic monitoring device and have no contact with the victim and the Panera Bread restaurant where the incident happened.

Ruck has requested judicial diversion.


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