Edward Gill, 55, was arrested Saturday at the Shady Brook Cinema in Columbia.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -
A Maury County sheriff's deputy arrested a suspected child predator at a Columbia movie theater Saturday on charges he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old employee.
According to investigators, Edward Gill, 55, first propositioned the teen, an employee at the Shady Brook Cinema, and then touched him.
"[He was] physically touching him with his hands and then intimately touching him to give him a piece of paper. He targeted this child when he came in to buy a ticket and continued targeting him the rest of the night while he was here," said Maury County Deputy Rob Wagonschutz, who works part-time at the cinema.
Wagonschutz told News 2 Gill delicately touched the teen's left hand and asked to shake his hand after he completed his order at the theater's concession stand.
"When this young boy told me about what was happening, you could tell he was shaking, you could see in his face, he was scared," Wagonschutz said, adding, "It's not natural for a person to be that brazen and that behavior in such a public place with so many people around unless they have done this time and time again."
According to police records, Gill was arrested by police in Clarksville, where he lives, last September after he allegedly tried to lure two teenage boys to come to his home for sex.
A judge dismissed the charges after Gill agreed to stay away from the victim and pay court costs.
On Wednesday, News 2 went to Gill's home on Spees Drive in Clarksville. No one answered the door, but residents voiced their concerns about their neighbor.
"It infuriates me that this man lives across the street and he has had two situations and he still lives across the street for me," Dustin Jones said. "Something needs to happen to this man. By law something needs to happen to this man."
Alfred Williams added, "I have heard some things that neighbors told me about what was going on and I keep a watch on the grandkids. I make sure when they get off the bus I wait for them. I make sure that he won't get a chance to mess with them. I make sure I watch all the kids in the neighborhood."
Gill's criminal history also includes five DUIs in just over two years and three counts of telephone harassment.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Clarksville on two DUI charges October 8.
In Maury County, Gill faces one count of solicitation of a minor and assault.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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