Heath Shield Franklin, 41, of Cohutta, GA was charged Sunday, August 19, 2012 with Sexual Battery and Tampering with Evidence for an incident that occurred at 2201 Chattanooga Road (Stop-n-Go). During the incident, it is alleged Franklin grabbed the buttocks of a 14 year old female inside of the store.
Investigators with the Dalton Police Department are in the process of reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance video from the store and have located more victims in the case. The victims, all women and female children, may not have known the incidents were being videotaped, or the clerk may have led the victims to believe the touching was accidental.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for anyone that has been in the store at 2201 Chattanooga Road over the past two months when this clerk was present and felt they may have been a victim of this behavior, to please contact Detective Brandon Carter at (706) 278-9085 ext. 183.
A photograph of Heath Shield Franklin is shown below.