Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a woman on suspicion of sexual battery among other criminal counts after she allegedly assaulted a cable repairman dispatched to her home earlier this year.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, 47-year-old Mildred Newsome was arrested last week and charged on Saturday with two counts of second-degree forced sex offense in addition to the misdemeanor sexual battery charge.
Investigators believe the victim reported to Newsome’s Fayetteville residence on April 20 for a service call.
When the technician arrived at the home on Marlborough Road, he reportedly realized he needed another part to complete the order.
As he sat in a chair to wait for the delivery, the suspect allegedly approached him. An arrest warrant alleges that she began by forcing his hand to touch her breast.
From there, Newsome allegedly pressured him to perform two sexual acts with her against his will. She allegedly threatened to not only deny the assault, but told him she would blame the sexual aggression on him if he said anything to authorities.
Immediately after leaving the scene, police say he reported the incident to his supervisors. Fayetteville Police Sgt. Shawn Strepay offered a few of the specific claims against the suspect.
“The cable guy was there to work on her box and while waiting for it to reset as he was sitting on a couch, she came over, grabbed his hand and forcefully placed his hand on her own breast,” he said.
Strepay used the case to point out what he says is a common misconception.
“A lot of people are of the mind that a man cannot be sexually assaulted or could have done something to stop it,” he said. “That’s not true.”
Additional details about the suspect’s arrest were not immediately available.
[Featured image: Mildred Newsome, Cumberland County Jail]