MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 28-year-old contractor is in jail facing sexual battery charges after allegedly groping two people where he was contracted to work.
CarMax officials confirmed contractor Timothy White was at the Highway 64 location Thursday. According to an affidavit, while fixing a printer, White asked two separate employees to hold the printer for him, and when they did, he groped each of their genitals.
“Our brains can have a trauma reaction that can be so bizarre, we don’t know how to explain it,” said Sandy Bromley with the Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center. “So our reactions can be (either) to freeze or run away.”
In this case, Memphis police said they saw on video that the victims backed away when it happened. MPD charged White with two counts of sexual battery.
“The public would be surprised to know one in six men have been sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime. This isn’t uncommon,” Bromley said.
WREG went to White’s listed address to try to get his or his family’s side, but no one came to the door.
CarMax officials said even if White gets out of jail, they would not contract with him again. They sent the following statement:
CarMax does not tolerate harassment of any kind. This individual will not be permitted to contract with CarMax again. Our associates made us aware of the situation and we immediately contacted the authorities and are working closely with them. We are supporting those impacted through this difficult time. CarMax has an open-door policy that encourages associates to share any concerns with their manager or human resources, along with an option to remain anonymous by reporting issues via our associate help phone line and website.
Bromley said business culture has also changed since “#MeToo” movement.
“We want to make sure we don’t minimize these situations because something like touching can lead to more violence later, can lead to assault or even rape,” Bromley said.
She said reporting sexual assault helps protect people in the future.
The Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center has a 24/7 hotline at 901-222-4350.