Judge Withholds Diversion For Railroad Worker Charged With Asking Teen Girl "For A Kiss"

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Criminal Court judge on Monday withheld diversion for a railroad worker charged with going to a young girl's house and "asking her for a kiss."

Judge Don Poole sentenced Wesley Brown, 38, of Calhoun, Ga., to a suspended two-year sentence. He will be on probation for four years.

The judge said, if there are no problems through the probation period, he would then consider allowing the expunging of the record under diversion.

Brown earlier pleaded guilty to assault, false imprisonment and burglary in the incident on Oct. 26, 2010.

He said he was with a railroad crew that day in the vicinity of Noah Reid Road when he went into the woods to use the bathroom. He said he found himself at a house nearby and asked a young girl at the residence for a drink. He said she brought him a Coke.

Brown, who has been married 17 years and has three children, said he then asked the girl if he could use the bathroom, and she said he could.

He said he afterward took her hand and asked if he "could have a kiss" before he left. He said the girl told him she was "underage." He said he later learned that she was 19.

He said the girl pulled away and ran out the door.

Some police officers happened to be nearby, and they said they had to pursue Brown and then scuffle with him before taking him into custody.

Brown's attorney, Gerald Webb, said he otherwise has a clean record and was guilty of one "stupid" mistake with the girl..

Brown said he lost his job with the railroad over the incident. He had worked there 15 years. He said he now tends the house and keeps the children while his wife, a registered nurse, works.


PHOTOS: Swearing In Ceremony At Convention Center

Woman Charged With Filing False Report Leading To Amber Alert

A Chattanooga woman has been charged with filing a false report after she falsely said her child was missing, setting off an Amber Alert. At approximately 12:20 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 4026 Shallowford Road in reference to a child abduction. Letrice Patterson, 32, the child’s aunt, said her silver 2010 Mercury Muron was stolen and the child was ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Fast-Starting Vols Gear Up For Another Mobile QB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It’s a new week for Tennessee’s football team, but the challenge that awaits in Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon will be a familiar reminder of the one the Volunteers just completed. The Volunteers have a short week to prepare for Arkansas State, a team much like Utah State, which relies heavily on a dual-threat quarterback and a physical front line. ... (click for more)

Chris O'Brien And Andres Santiago Named To Southern League's Weekly Honors

Tuesday, the Southern League announced that Chattanooga Lookouts’ catcher Chris O’Brien has been named Southern League Player of the Week and pitcher Andres Santiago was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 25-September 1.  O’Brien is the fourth Chattanooga Lookouts’ position player to earn a weekly accolade from the league this season while ... (click for more)