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Elderly man groped teen through towel at Rome YMCA, report says

Written by K Bishop

Published November 14, 2022 @ 7:05 PM ET

Floyd County (November 2, 2022) – Rome police arrested an elderly man who was accused of entering a steam room at the local YMCA and grabbing a young man’s penis.

Jerome Kenneth Agan, 73, is accused of groping the victim after approaching him in the steam room and mentioning his time in the Air Force. The victim, who was nude aside from a towel, reported Agan touched his foot and commented on his “strong feet.” According to the teen, Agan told him to remove his towel. He then grabbed the boy’s genitals through the towel, holding on for 5-10 seconds.

The victim grabbed Agan’s wrist and told him to stop touching him. He left the steam room and reported the assault to YMCA staff and to the police.

When speaking to officers, Agan admitted to talking to the teen, who he called by his first name, and brushing against his foot in the steam room. He denied sexually assaulting the victim.

Agan was charged with sexual battery and booked into the Floyd County jail.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

On November 2, 2022, officers responded to a dispatched call at the YMCA, located at 810 E 2nd Ave, regarding a sexual assault incident. The complainant, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] advised he was in the steam room of the YMCA when he was approached by a male, Jerome Agan. Agan began talking to [REDACTED BY AGENCY] about being in the Air Force and he grabbed [REDACTED BY AGENCY] foot and told him he had strong feet. Agan was an elderly man and [REDACTED BY AGENCY] thought Agan was admiring his physique.

Agan told [REDACTED BY AGENCY] to take off his towel. During this interaction, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was only wearing a towel and was sitting. Through the towel, Agan grabbed [REDACTED BY AGENCY] pen*s and held onto it for approximately five to ten seconds. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] grabbed Agan’s wrist and told him to stop touching him. After Agan released him, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] left the steam room and reported the incident to the YMCA staff and police.

When I made contact with Agan, he admitted he spoke to [REDACTED BY AGENCY] whom he referred to by his first name. He denied the allegation and admitted to having brushed against [REDACTED BY AGENCY] foot. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was placed under arrest for sexual battery. He was transported to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and booked.

[End of Narrative]