'Contributor' salesman arrested for sexual battery - WKRN News 2

'Contributor' salesman arrested for sexual battery

Posted: Updated: March 8, 2013 05:21 PM
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -

A registered sex offender has been arrested in Hermitage for sexual battery and violation of registry laws.

Andrew McGlothen, 50, is charged due to an incident that occurred on the corner of Indian Lake and East Main Street on March 6.

Authorities told Nashville's News 2 Investigates that while McGlothen was selling the bi-monthly newspaper "The Contributor", he sold a copy to an 18-year-old girl.

That girl then went into a nearby Walgreens, where he followed her and asked for a hug.

Detective Steve Malach said the girl then gave him a hug, but McGlothen wouldn't let go, making it a lot more than a quick, innocent hug.

"She tried to pull away and he would not let go of her. Then he pressed against her, making a suggestive motion in a sexual manner and she got away and she calls the police. He didn't deny the hug. He didn't go much further than that," he said.

The next day, McGlothen was arrested and charged with sexual battery and he admitted he was a registered sex offender.

According to the Sex Offender Registry, McGlothen was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping a minor for an incident that occurred in 2005.
 
Those previous charges prohibit McGlothen from working within 1,000 feet of a school zone, yet he was selling The Contributor right across from Robert Ellis Middle School.

McGlothen's criminal record doesn't begin there. Nashville's News 2 Investigates ran his criminal record which dates back nearly 25 years and includes multiple felonies like carrying a concealed weapon, kidnapping and sexual battery.

During the a phone call with Tom Wills, the Director of Vending with The Contributor, he said they were not aware McGlothen was a sex offender and that they do not do background checks on their vendors.

"We don't employ them. They are independent contractors and they choose their own locations. Their contracts say they can't represent The Contributor in an area where they can't be legally and in his case, he should not be vending near a school or park or a day care," Wills explained.

"He made the choice to break the contract, and the law, and he is no longer a vendor with The Contributor," he continued.

Executive Director Tasha French Lemley issued a written statement after the incident with McGlothen occurred.

"The Contributor contracts with currently and formerly homeless individuals who sell a twice-monthly newspaper. Some homeless citizens, as well as citizens who have never experienced homelessness, may have a criminal history.

"The Contributor promotes positive interactions between its newspaper vendors and their customers and provides vendors a legitimate income opportunity that enables persons of limited financial means to earn a sustainable living."

The statement continues:

"The Contributor has a code of conduct by which all of its vendors are expected to abide. This includes compliance with all local, state and federal laws and any personal restrictions set by law.

"Vendors who do not adhere to the code of conduct are subject to dismissal. Vendors are independent contractors who choose their own sales locations. The Contributor does not assign vending locations."

The Contributor also said that all vendors get a yearly statement for tax purposes.

However, when detectives went to McGlothen's Nashville home, he had $4,000 in cash, all proceeds from newspaper sales.

He reportedly denied paying any personal income tax

McGlothen is in the Sumner County Jail being held under no bond.

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