Metro-East News

Marion man arrested for inappropriately touching women in local stores

A Marion man was charged with one count of battery and two counts of disorderly conduct on Friday following inappropriate touching reports from several women, WSIL reported.

John Rutherford, 38, appeared in Williamson County Court on those charges, which stem from five separate incidents. In each one, a different woman reported Rutherford touching her without consent, the report said.

In one of the incidents, a woman said Rutherford followed her around a Marion Kroger and put his body against her shopping cart. In the report, the woman said he blocked her three attempts to get away.

“You have really pretty toes,” he told her before touching her feet. Rutherford finally left after she screamed and her husband walked by.

In another incident, a woman alleged Rutherford followed her and her daughters around a Marion Sam’s Club, approaching her 8-year-old daughter before her mother grabbed her and reported Rutherford to security, the report said.

A third incident occurred at a Marion Target, the report said, where a woman said Rutherford followed her and her friend.

The report said Rutherford confirmed the Kroger incident to police, but didn’t admit to any of the others.

Rutherford appeared in court in August on similar charges, when a woman claimed he pinched her toes in January, the report said.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic