published Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Soddy-Daisy man accused of groping 12-year-old girl selling items for school fundraiser

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    Manning Brooks Mahaffee, 67, faces a charge of aggravated sexual battery after he reportedly grabbed a girl.
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A 67-year-old man faces charges of simple assault and aggravated sexual battery after being accused of grabbing a 12-year-old girl’s breasts, according to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Manning Brooks Mahaffee Sr. has posted a $15,000 bond. His court date is set for Sept. 19 before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

He declined to comment when reached by phone at his residence today.

The girl was selling items for a school fundraiser Wednesday when she knocked on Mahafee’s door at 10155 Bear Trail in Soddy-Daisy, according to an incident report. He said he only had a $100 bill and she would have to get him change, the report said. The girl took the $100 and started to go other homes when he called her back.

Mahaffee reportedly grabbed the girl’s arm and breasts after she stepped inside his home, according to the report. When she tried to leave, he tried to pull her back in, according to a statement issued by Janice Atkinson, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

When Mahaffee was interviewed by police, he said he didn’t mean to grab the girl or hurt her, according to the arrest report.

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cannonball said...

First of all, A twelve year old should never go out in the hood alone. Not even a redneck hood. Secondly, If this old buzzard laid his hands on this poor twelve year old child he should have to go to jail. Maybe he will get some hands laid on him.

September 16, 2011 at 5:45 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

This account is vague and implausible, and there's probably more to it than meets the eye. It's hard to believe the man gave a $100 bill to a girl he didn't know, or that the girl went inside the home of a man she didn't know, just for starters. What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? I don't think the paper needs to publish the address of this man or a map to his house until after a trial or plea in court. It's very inconsistent the way the media prints personal information about people charged with (or victims of) crimes, and I think there's no real standard of fairness in it.

By the way, I'd like to know how a man this age could still be in high school. (Read the headline.)

September 16, 2011 at 6:56 a.m.
patriot1 said...

Funny...I thought the same thing when I saw the headline.....If the guy is guilty he should be punished but this is exactly why I do NOT answer the door for these kids....I refuse to participate in these scams and certainly do not want to get accused of something by some disgruntled kid who I just said no to. It's almost like the school systems are "pimping" these kids knowing a sale would be more likely by a child/student than from an adult.

September 16, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.
UjokinRIGHTQ said...

First, why would any parent allow their young child to go out door to door ALONE in this day and age? The parent should be held accountable. Furthermore, I agree with patriot and hcirehttae. The story is too vague. Did the man touch her shoulder in a show of kindness and she turned or something and his hand could have slipped to her chest? That is, if her version of the incident actually took place that way. I can tell you this scenario actually happened to a friend's daughter of mind who went to her mom and informed her she'd been touched inappropiately. The accused was also a long friend of the family. When the mother explained the event leading up to this inapprioate touching, it was obvious what happened was accidental. The child saw someone she hadn't seen in a long time and, as children will do with someone they care about, she ran and jumped up in his arms. When he lifted her to give her a hug his hands touched those small buds on her chest. I explained this to the mother who was extremely upset and prepared to take legal action agains this kind gentleman who'd been like a grandfather to the child and father to the mother. No one got arrested and had their face and address smeared all across the news pages and tv. However, things got pretty darn close to what has happened to thsi man. 'Nuf said.

September 16, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.

Gotta protect the children. How many times do we hear this? And to think that we all were children too. This story seems fishy. Almost as if it is concocted to sell pages. I agree that it is best not to answer the door, b/c the children have all the power to fabricate whatever they want, especially an "innocent" teen girl. Give me a break. Children lie more than adults and are more cruel, oftentimes.
And, where are the parents?

September 16, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
LibDem said...

(Darn it, hcirehttae, you made them change the headline. I already had three snarky remarks about Soddy Daisy schools.)

When my kids were in school (long, long ago), I sent back all the fund raising stuff with a note, "My kids don't panhandle."

September 16, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
joetheplumber said...

Looks and acts like GREG AUSTIN but can he buy his way outta this also? The TFP will edit this remark bcause they do bussiness and support child rapest is the onlt thing I can figure.

September 17, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
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