MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local man is behind bars after a woman says he touched her inappropriately outside a courtroom at 201 Poplar on Monday.
The victim stated she was approached by a man, identified as Dedrick Kerr, who said he needed a lawyer.
She told him she wasn't one and began following a prosecutor down the hallway, attempting to speak with her.
The victim told police that Kerr stepped in between the two women and stated "You like Trump right?" as he grabbed her vagina through her pants. He continued, "You like being grabbed by the p**** don't you."
The victim alerted an officer, who detained Kerr. The prosecutor told police she did not witness the incident but heard Kerr make a similar statement to the one the victim reported.
Kerr was taken into custody and charged with assault and felony sexual battery.
The victim told WREG she was "still processing" the incident Tuesday and did not want to do an interview.
Sandy Bromley, with the Shelby County Crime Victims Center, says it's a good thing she reported it to police.
“One positive outcome of the national conversation around issues, is more people feel empowered to speak out,” Bromley said.
But Bromley said groping incidents like these have long-term impacts on the victims.
"Something like groping, where people might not think it's as serious, can still violate someone," she said. "We may experience sleeplessness, restlessness, anxiety or looking over our shoulder. It may lead to coping skills that are not the healthiest, like drinking and substance use."
“That’s something every girl worries about,” University of Memphis student Abbey Wright said.
WREG went to Kerr’s home Tuesday to get his side of the story but no one answered the door.
He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
The Shelby County Crime Victims Center offers free advocacy and counseling. If you or anyone you know needs help, call 901-222-4350.