Springfield man accused in sexual assault at local Kroger

A Springfield man was charged in connection to a sexual assault at a local Kroger.

Paris Patterson, 31, was charged with sexual imposition in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty, according to online court records, and was released on his own recognizance.

Springfield Police began their investigation when they were contacted by the alleged victim.

The sex offense took place around 2 p.m. June 23 at the South Limestone Kroger, according to a police report.

Springfield police began their investigation at around 4:30 p.m. when a 59-year-old woman came to police headquarters to report the sexual assault.

“(The woman) stated while shopping with her friend … the suspect approached her stating that she had ‘won.’ She didn’t know what he was talking about and as she inquired the suspect reached out to hug her. She stated that once he hugged her he grabbed both of her buttocks and squeezed with both hands. She stated that she immediately pushed him away.”

The victim and her friend were able to get a picture of the suspect with a phone, the report says. The friend witnessed and was able to confirm the victim’s allegations, the report says.

The affidavit filed with the charges says a resident called the police station after seeing the original story on “the news” and knew a possible suspect. The woman told police they should see if it was Patterson, which officers were able to look him up.

“Mr. Patterson was the male in the picture that (the victim) took after the incident occurred,” the affidavit says.

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