Loudon firefighter charged with sexual battery of 80-year-old woman
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A city of Loudon firefighter resigned quickly after police arrested and charged him with sexually assaulting an 80-year-old woman. 9-3-14
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00:00 A city of loud firefighter resigned quickly after police arrested
00:03 and charged him with. Sexually assaulting an eighty year old woman
00:07 WB IRT news reporter mayor Scott spoke with city leaders today
00:10 she joins us now. -- information center Mary. Prominent on the
00:14 word shocking came up with everyone we spoke with today and
00:17 loud and they say it's very out of character for fifty
00:20 year old Ricky -- to be arrested. Especially with the --
00:23 usual case against him. He's been a firefighter and medical responder
00:27 with the department for sixteen years and the city manager says
00:30 they never had any problems with him in the past. Since
00:34 that time frame -- he's been good employee is your record
00:38 closing -- record that would. You indicate there's any issues relating
00:42 anything of that nature so it was just devastating when we
00:46 found out. Court documents show the eighty year old woman --
00:50 a sudden into her home Friday afternoon he wasn't on duty
00:53 at the time. She told detectives she knew him from coming
00:56 to her home before and an official capacity. She said he
00:59 stood up to leave after a short visit and then grabbed
01:02 her and told her how attractive she was -- kissed her
01:05 multiple times despite her attempts. To stop him and get away.
01:09 And then he left her house and she went to the
01:11 police -- inspired she says he and his employees are having
01:14 a difficult time processing this information. Fortuyn a bind together you
01:19 know we're we're we're we're finally got their way from --
01:21 found -- -- -- more friendly -- long hours and the
01:23 nature of our work the -- -- -- other. Some --
01:27 just keeping their spirits -- Did she says that they suspended
01:31 saddened when they found out the police arrested him and he
01:34 resigned the next day he is out of jail tonight on
01:36 fox. Send it back to you Robin -- all right Mary
01:39 thank you.
A Loudon firefighter has resigned after being charged with sexual battery of an 80-year-old woman.
According to Loudon City Manager Lynn Mills, Ricky Sutton turned in his resignation at noon on Saturday August 30th after he was placed on suspension pending an investigation.
Mills said the Loudon Police Department arrested and charged Sutton with sexual battery. An 80-year-old Loudon woman reported she allowed him inside her home because she knew him from his work as a firefighter.
He wasn't on duty at the time. The report said after a short visit he got up to leave and "grabbed both of her hands and pulled them away from her body and made comments about how attractive she was."
The victim told the detective Sutton asked her to kiss him and when she refused forcefully kissed her, even after she tried to get away and told him to stop. After Sutton left, she went to police.
Sutton had worked for the city of Loudon since 1998. He became a full-time firefighter in 2007.
"This is totally shocking for myself," Mills said, "I've known Ricky since 2005 and it is totally out of character for Ricky."
Loudon Fire Chief Mike Brubaker said he and his employees are "shocked" and are having a difficult time processing the information.
"We're trying to bind together. We're a family down here, a family away from our family, due to the long hours and nature of our work. We're just leaning on each other and keeping each other's spirits high," Chief Brubaker said.