Southaven parks and rec Director found guilty of groping woman

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Southaven’s parks and recreation director Michael Mullins is still on the job today, even after a judge found him guilty of groping a woman who works in the same building.

WREG spoke with several people who all said the same thing — they’re shocked that a person this high up in city government still has his job.

“I’m appalled,” said Floyd Ellingburg of Southaven. “You have to ask, are our elected officials telling us everything? “

The woman he inappropriately touched works in the same building. She tells WREG he’s kept his distance since then, but some people say that’s not enough.

Sandra McGee also lives in Southaven.

She said. “I think if he doesn’t know how to behave himself, he doesn’t need this job, and should be sent home.”

Court papers show Mullins apologized for what he did, but that didn’t stop the victim from reporting the incident to Southaven Mayor Darren Musclewhite. WREG reached out to him for comment but has not heard back. We also tried to reach Michael Mullins; he wasn’t in his office.

Sandra McGee says everyone who’s been hiding this for him should be punished too.

Ellingburg says he needs to go.

“If he’s been convicted of this then there is no doubt in my mind he needs to be terminated,” he said.

Mullins will be back in court Wednesday to appeal his conviction.

The victim told News Channel 3 she has not been told about this court date by the prosecutors office, and wants to know why she was left out of the loop.

16 comments

  • JOHN CHALMERS

    WOW, AGAIN CHANNEL 3 DOES LIMITED REPORTING TO MAKE THE STORY THEY WANT TO PUT OUT MORE SENSATIONAL. THE TRUTH IS MR MULLINS WAS AT THE WOMANS STORE TO TALK ABOUT HOW FAR BEHIND THEY WERE ON RENT TO THE CITY. SHE BECAME VERY UPSET AND HE PUT HIS ARM AROUND HER TO CALM HER DOWN. IT APPEARS SHE SAW THIS AS A WAY TO EXPLOIT THE GOOD INTENTIONS OF MR MULLINS TO FIND A QUICK WAY TO GET OUT OF DEBT. THE WAY YOU PUT OUT THE LIMITED INFO ON THIS STORY DOESNT TELL THE WHOLE STORY. THANKS FOR HURTING AN INNOCENT MAN AND HIS FAMILY

    • Resident

      You are so far from the truth! They are NOT behind in rent. I have access to their books through a CPA that they use.

      • truth seeker

        wasn’t rent they were behind on . But they did owe the parks dept several thousand dollars. And I know for a fact they were way in the hole financially. Someone more than likely on the inside was stealing money from what I understand. Their doors are closed now so rent is no longer an issue anyway.

  • Shaven citizen

    Why not report the whole story CH 3 ? Report how long Mr Mullins has known this woman and actually what happened. Everyone that knows MIke personally knows that this woman is looking for money. He has been a pillar in the community for many many years with NEVER a sign of anything inappropriate. Then a woman who is on the verge of losing her a job at a company that is going broke all of a sudden accuses him of this. Shame on CH 3 and shame on this desperate woman who asked for a city job and then when she was told there wasn’t anything available she comes up with this. All over a simple hug from a nice, concerned friend. Or so he thought. Don’t worry Mike. Too many people in this community know you and your character. One money hungry woman will not ruin that.

    • Concerned

      You are so wrong.. I know the victim and she was horrified and humiliated by what happened. If you knew what you were talking about , you would realize that she has never asked for any money. She is a wonderful person, who is honest, hardworking and loves her family and the Lord.

      • truth seeker

        She has had hundreds of encounters with him over the years and never felt threatened before. Ironically she felt threatened when she was losing her job and he didn’t have one to give her. I’m sure Mr Mullins is pretty horrified and humilated too that he was accused of something so horrific when he was just trying to be compassionate. He has a family and friends too and hundreds of people can vouch for what kind of man he is. I’m pretty sure that if Mike Mullins was a pervert someone would’ve seen it by now. I feel just as bad for him and his family that they are having to endure this embarassment because he too has proven himself to be honest and hard working over the many years he has lived in this city and worked.

  • Truth seeker

    How about we tell how Smith and Brumley is going broke and owes the city so much money? And ironically the same woman that is told they need to pay the money accuses the parks director of groping?? Seriously! Anyone that knows Mike knows that it’s not in his character at all to do something like this. And have you seen this woman?? Money hungry and desperate are the only half way decent words I can come up with. How about you look into the whole story ch 3. Why she accused him of this is much more juicy than ole Mike Mullins supposedly groping her. If you know Mike then that’s actually comical.

  • Southaven Citizen

    Odd that the channel 3 reporter couldn’t find any of the thousands of people in the city of Southaven that know Mr. Mullins and know that this whole incident is ridiculous and that Mr. Mullins has given a lifetime to the betterment of this community without so much as a hint of impropriety. The two people WREG did interview need to learn that JUST BECAUSE A NEWS REPORTER (haha) SAYS IT DOESN’T MAKE IT TRUE. Why don’t you take the time WREG and look into the back story that is apparently going on here. Could be just what you are looking for, SENSATIONALISM!

  • Citizen of SH

    Why are you all taking such defense about this and trying to bash the victim and the store that was advertised if you don’t think he is guilty of acting in a manor like this?!?! God knows what really happened and the full story and the truth will come out.

    • shaven citizen

      Just because someone claims to be a victim does not mean they are a true victim. The truth and the full story has already come out in court and he was found guilty of simple assualt for hugging her and making her feel threatened. I think her breast was brushed in the incident but I know her and she is atleast a DD. I’m not sure that could have been avoided.

      • Concerned

        Mr . Mullins male friends are as disrespectful and crude toward women as he is.. You are certainly not telling facts truthfully, probably because you don’t what the truth is. Very sad….

  • truth seeker

    He is gulity of SIMPLE ASSUALT, not groping. He hugged her because she was upset about Smith and Brumley being so in the hole finacially and possibly shutting down( which the eventually did) She then stated she felt threatened by his hug of concern. Unfortunately, under the law of the land if you hug someone without their permission and they state you made them feel threatened then you are guilty of assualt. My guess is he will be found NOT GUILTY after the appeal courts hear the case. This woman is too shady if you know the whole story. Many think she is really just after money from the city of Southaven. I guess time will tell if she sues the city. He’s had to have known this woman for nearly 20 years since she worked at S & B nearly that long. I’m sure if he wanted to grab something he would’ve grabbed long before now! Just seems too ironic that she asked for a job, was losing hers and then accuses someone with the city of this. Only motive I can see is pure greed and money. Otherwise what’s the point??

    • Southaven Citizen

      Well the “good ole boy” system in Southaven continues……I have lived here 42 years and things never change. When the issue was reported to Musselwhite, his response was—are you sure you want to pursue this—you know your name will just be drug thru the mud if you do. By all means, let’s not call a spade a spade, let’s just take the easy route and sweep it under the rug!!! Then he’s found guilty and did that make top news—-heavens no, we gotta keep that quite for sure.

      It true there are two sides to every story, but why do you all jump to Mullins defense and yet throw her and her employer to the wolves—oh wait, I forgot—the infamous Desoto county “good ole boy” system!!! Not sure who got it started that Smith and Brumley owed the city all kinds of money—-not true. Not sure who got it started that she was loosing her job—–obviously not true, she still works there. So let’s think about it, could it also be that he was trying to hug her to console her is also NOT TRUE and the fact that she came up with all this to get money is also NOT TRUE.

      Fact is, she was behind the counter when it happened so if he was trying to hug her, would have basically been impossible. He then said in court that he tripped over a display and accidentally touched her breast—–hmmmm, well which was it Mr Mullins?????? Now who seems to be a little wishy washy with his story—surely not the “good ole boy”. Do any of you that seem to have all the facts know that he asked if he could come back later and “finish this”!!!!!

      I doubt this was an isolated incident and the other poor women it may have happened to have been too afraid to go up against the ” good ole boys”. Well, kudos to someone brave enough to not let it be swept under the rug just because that’s the easy thing to do! If he’s so innocent, why in the world would he go apologize and say “he didn’t mean it like that”.

      Quit assuming people, and get the facts straight—-Mullins sure can’t seem to remember whether he was hugging or tripping and he nor Musselwhite would respond to channel 3—-why not, if you’re both so innocent, why not shout it from the highest mountain or from the local news channel!

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