Police arrest man accused of sexual assault at Lexington gas station

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We're learning more about a man accused of sexually abusing a woman at a Lexington gas station.

Police say Chester Harris approached a woman while she was pumping gas at the Marathon on Centre Parkway. That's when the victim says he lifted up her dress and began fondling her.

The victim told him to stop, but police say Harris continued and told the victim he would "beat her up" if she told anyone or tried to do anything about it.

The incident apparently happened in front of the victim's five-year-old twins.

Court workers tell us that Harris is bound to a wheelchair, but that hasn't stopped him from racking up dozens of misdemeanors including public intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, over more than a decade.

Regulars at the store and employees say Harris is in the parking lot almost daily, screaming obscenities and getting too close for comfort.

"It is bad. I mean it makes people who live in this area when they come in reluctant," says Ann Malik, with the Marathon on Centre Parkway. "You see women make a very large circle around him if they've ever had any contact with him."

Harris will be arraigned Thursday afternoon. He's charged with first degree sexual abuse and criminal trespass.

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