published Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Landlord denies groping allegation

An attorney for Chattanooga landlord Colman Hochman filed an answer to a civil lawsuit pending in Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Sarah Hurst, 31, a tenant in one of Hochman's 30 Chattanooga rental properties, alleged in her Jan. 26 lawsuit that, over the course of 2010, Hochman groped her repeatedly when he collected the rent.

The complaint also alleges that one of Hochman's employees offered Hurst and her boyfriend, Ronald Ragsdale, $4,000 not to report the incidents.

John C. Cavett Jr., Hochman's attorney, filed the answer denying Hurst's allegations on Monday.

When reached by phone Tuesday, Cavett said he couldn't comment further on the case, but that he and his client were, "gearing up to fight" the allegations.

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HannaBeckman said...

Sarah Hurst scamming , more than likely put up to it by deadbeat boyfriend

February 9, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
robertlee said...

Oh she is scamming, and you came to this conclusion how? You must have a doctorate degree on the subject of deadbeats and such, because that is ALL that comes out of your mouth. Reading your posts I can tell you a few things about you Hannah. You've been used by a man before and are very bitter about it. You have a menial job that requires no real skill, and you don't enjoy it. Your coworkers can't stand you because of your negativity. You aren't allowed to supervise people because any power you were given you'd use to be a tyrant. You are morbidity obese and you probably have a heart condition. You have diabetes as well. So how well did I do by making assumptions about you based on a few words that came out of your mouth.

February 24, 2011 at 9:50 p.m.
Jennypoe said...

WOW! I can't understand why ANYONE would be defending this MONSTER! I'm glad that Ms.Hurst is one of the many women that is standing up to this man.Money has always got him out of trouble and never made it to court.I have experienced sexual harassment by Mr. Colman Hochman myself.I hope Sarah Hurst takes this all the way to court and wins the case.Mr.Hochman is a very sick man and prays on single mothers with children for sex! I was ashamed to come forward about what he said&did to me! I'm just glad that this woman has enough guts to stand up to him.He is a slumlord and a creep!He seems to like groping on young mothers that rent residents from him.This has been going on for years with the females he has done this to.He thinks he's God and can get away with doing these things to females.I'm glad someone has come forward and exposed him for what he really is! I also know that he has other lawsuits pending by men as well.I'm glad those men have come forward as well.As far as Hannabeckman, You have some very serious issues! You must be allowing him to do the same to you and liking it or you are a close friend or family member to him.How dare you criticize this woman for standing up to him! I think ALL women that he's done this to should come forward and tell their side of the story.EVERYONE will be surprised to know how many females he has done this to.He said and did things to me one time and it was the last time!Hannabeckman,you need to really check all the back ground of this MONSTER! He is a very sick man and needs help or jail!You may like what he does to you or as I said,you must be a family member or friend of his to defend him this much! Get over yourself Hannabeckman! I agree with Robertlee! This man is very sick and thinks he can get away with what ever he wants. I hope more females come forward about this monster! Have A nice day, Jennypoe

February 24, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.
julieanna320 said...

People who have a criminal record are much of the time discredited or not believed when they have been victimized. Miss Hurst clearly has a criminal history, but does that make her a lier? Becouse she was convicted of prostitution, does that give anyone the right to sexually assult her? I think that Mr Hochman is a sexual prediter, he looked up her criminal history and took advantage of it. Eventhough she told him repeatedly to stop and several times even had to physically push him off of her he still continued to assult her. What kind of man touches a woman in a sexual manner in front of a child?I think that the reason she didnt report it sooner was becouse she didnt think anyone would believe her becouse of her background.Its clear that Mr Hochman looked down on her and thought that he was better than her.Well, Mr Hochman considering the fact that you continued to sexually assult this woman, eventhough she repeatedly rejected you.I guess in your sick mind she wanted it with her being an (escort and all).And considering all the lawsuits that are pending agianst you and being a slumlord and all,she is better than you.And by the time this is all over, you should be registered as a sex offender.

March 1, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
julieanna320 said...

So much for Colman Hochman denying sexually assulting Sarah Hurst!!!!!! There is a phone taped conversation between them. Plus there is a video tape going around where she is in the kitchen in front of a computer and he comes behind her and reaches his hand around and grabs her breast and she removes them and her lips read 'please dont do that'. Her daughter is clearly walking around in the background.

March 3, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
julieanna320 said...

Sarah Hurst, I hope that you take everything that colman hochman family and partners got. along with the other lawsuits, I hope that they get bled dry

March 3, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
julieanna320 said...

Colman hochman family and partners are slumlords and they are just as reliable becouse they have been working with this man for years and family is family, they know about the past accusations agianst him.They know (whether they want to own up to it or not) that this man is sick and a pervert. So they are just as reliable as he is for what he did to that girl. I personally know a lady who rented from him that he sexually harrassed. he told her that he has erectial disfuntion RD. sound familiar wifey.

March 6, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
julieanna320 said...

sarah hurst has a very good case agianst this man. The only defense he has is a 5 year old prostitution charge and she now owns an entertainment service. I cannot believe he has gotten away with it this long

March 6, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
julieanna320 said...

Im not going to lie anymore. I am Sarah Hurst, when I first mowed in the apartment that i owned a cleaning service. He kept saying "No you must do something else" he grabed my hands and said that i dont have hard working hands. He grabed my friends hands and she pulled them away. then He reached over and grabbed my breast. and i pulled away. at one point he told me he had erectil disfuntion and that he needed someone that he could play with sexually. I told him no. so with him denying the alligations. Does he have erectial disfuntion? Thats what he told me as he sexually assulted me.

March 6, 2011 at 11:05 p.m.
NinaJ said...

Well I apologize for upsetting anyone with the first comment I made. If Mr. Hochman really did this to you then yes, he should be punished. I don't think ANYONE should get away with what you claim he done but there is always two sides to a story and from what I have seen of this man he wasn't that way.I hope you all do well with the justice you seek if it's true. I got on for a few minutes and seen where everyone flipped out over my very short post. I wish I had that kind of time that everyone else does to sit around and bash others for just giving an opinion based on a short report and I'm sorry they made that woman seem like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". I wasn't the reporter...I must go now and help my family who had everything taken from them by a Tornado. Wish I could just sit around but gotta go! I will not be back to comment I said what I wanted and if you have nothing else better to do, then bash away!

April 30, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.
nick7li said...

We rented from him twice, the first time I was with my husband, the second time I was single and then my husband and I got back together slowly. It was during the time I was single that he was sooo friendly towards me. He did so many bad things to us and others. He didnt care if anyone knew or saw because with his daughter being an attorney and all of his money there was never anything that stuck or even linked him to any trouble it was all cleared. He is a slumlord and a horrible human being. He is selfish and greedy and a disgrace to Ringgold housing. I hope someone really makes him pay for all the bad he has done to people. He deserves no less!

May 10, 2011 at 12:11 p.m.
p_t_692000 said...

Sarah Hurst won that case.All he had to pay was her attourney fees. I was also put in some of the same situations as Ms.Hurst. I'm glad she had the guts to take legal actions.I know she had to let it go on for sometime,with her being scared of her past record and thinking no one would believe her.That man loves to touch women and their body parts.He gropped my breast while i was holding a toddler on my hip.That wasnt the first time for that man and probably not the last.I hope he and his family get that man some help.Way to go Sarah! Other women understand you and support you.

March 2, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.
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