State Takes Action In Response To Sexual Battery Investigation
by Nick Beres
PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. - There is a growing investigation into reports of inappropriate conduct at a local nail salon. It may be farther reaching and now the state is involved.
Officers with the Pleasant View Police Department arrested 42-year-old Tuan Nguyen on sexual battery charges in November involving a customer at a nail salon. Chief Mchael Douglas said the investigation has grown since then.
"We've had a lot of people come forward," said Douglas.
Additional women have come forward with similar complaints, but from different spas across the mid-state. Douglas said Nguyen may have moved around for work.
"This may have been going on in more places than just here," said Douglas.
Nguyen was released from jail on bond and could still be working. The state Board of Cosmetology has taken notice. An order was issued to immediately suspend Nguyen's license to practice in the state.
The board released a statement saying, "the agency finds that public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action."
Nguyen could not be reached for comment. To date, he only faces the one sexual battery charge, but Chief Douglas said at least two more criminal cases were expected to be filed in the next couple of weeks.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.