An affidavit of complaint was filed against Red Boiling Springs Mayor Kenneth Hollis on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, accusing the politician and business owner of sexual battery and sexual battery by an authority figure.
Hollis is currently serving a probationary period, ending in February of 2011, after being granted Pre-trial diversion for theft and misconduct charges filed against him in February 2008.
The '08 sealed indictment, handed down by a Grand Jury, presented that Hollis "between March 2006 through August 2007, did unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly, with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another, committed an act related to the servants office or employment that constitutes an unauthorized exercise of official power or received a benefit not otherwise authorized by law."
Mayor Hollis was accused of using city property to benefit his own construction company and hardware store. The politician owns and operates a hardware store and several apartment complexes in Macon County.
The recent affidavit, accusing Hollis of sexual battery, reads as follows:“When I was 17 years old, on November 30, 2008, my boyfriend (name omitted) and I rented an apartment from Kenneth Hollis in Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee, for my boyfriend, me and my baby to live in. My name, and my boyfriend’s name, were on the lease, but I did not sign it because I was only 17. A few days later, during the day, while my boyfriend was at work, Kenneth Hollis came into my apartment and put both of his hands on my chest and groped my breasts and said, ‘Oh, they’re so big, let me see them, you know you want me to play with ‘em.’
I told him to stop and to get his hands off of me because my breasts were not his to touch, and I also told him that my boyfriend would be mad. He pulled the front of my tank-top and tried to look at my breasts. Kenneth Hollis told me not to tell my boyfriend and said, ‘what he don’t know, won’t hurt him.’ He left after a few minutes. I told my boyfriend that evening what had happened and he was upset, but we had no other place to live and did not know what to do. Kenneth Hollis came back again and again in December 2008, January 2009 and February 2009, for a total of six times. He usually came in without knocking. On one time, I was getting a toothbrush for a neighbor who was locked out, and I was in my bathroom. When I turned around in my bathroom, Kenneth Hollis was there and immediately began groping my breasts with both hands. I told him to stop and he said, ‘Aw, let me touch ‘em.’
After I turned 18 in February 2009, Kenneth Hollis came into my apartment three more times, and each time he would come in and use both hands to grab and grope my breasts against my will. I would tell him to stop every time, and finally he would leave. One time he came in and my baby son was in a baby swing and Kenneth Hollis told me to put my son in a different room so he could “feel up” my body. I refused, and he left after groping my breasts against my will. When I graduated from high school, Kenneth Hollis gave me his cell phone number and told me to call him when my boyfriend was not around, and I threw the paper on the ground after he left. My mother confronted Kenneth Hollis on that same day about what he was doing to me and he did not deny it. I was in the room and he looked to me, and said to my mom, ‘Look at her breasts, they’re so big.’ I moved out of the apartment owned by Kenneth Hollis in June 2009. I have met with law enforcement agents from the TBI and have made a telephone call to Kenneth Hollis, which was recorded by TBI agents. The TBI says that they will provide my sworn statement and the recorded telephone call for the judge to read and hear. This did occur in Macon County Tennessee as related by affiant.”
A General Sessions Court date was set for March 17, 2010 at 9 a.m. at which time Hollis will have the opportunity to answer to the charges filed against him.
Read the Tuesday, March 2, 2010 edition of the Macon County Chronicle for more information as it becomes available.