Posted by Terry Alexander - email
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A local subcontractor is out on bond, accused of a sex crime inside a Henrico County home where he was working.
The victim needed some work done on her house. So she hired a general contractor, who brought in a subcontractor. The subcontractor, 29-year-old Timothy Brewster of Mechanicsville, was arrested and charged with "Sexual battery by force, or helplessness."
Police say he was working in the bathroom, when he asked the 51-year-old woman who lived there, to enter the room. At that point, police say, Brewster took the woman's hand and placed it, on his exposed genitals.
"She screamed, and ran out of the room. Called the police, the suspect left," said Henrico Police Lt. Doug Perry.
Brewster's arrest came Wednesday, five days after the incident. Police say this kind of crime is rare. But homeowners can still try to protect themselves.
"We always tell people to check your contractors thought the Better Business Bureau to make sure they're legitimate," Perry said.
The Better Business Bureau can help you investigate contractors. But when it comes to the people those contractors hire, that can take a little extra work on your part.
"I can't think of a way that you can protect yourself from this one unless you said to the General, do you do the work yourself? If not, who are the folks that you're gonna be doing business with?" said Tom Gallagher of the BBB.
Thursday Brewster made bond, and is now out of jail. A police report did not indicate the original contractor who hired him. Police say that general contractor was unaware of the crime when it occurred.
Brewster called our newsroom claiming the alleged victim is behind on her bill and that she made the whole thing up to get out of paying it.
Brewster is out on $2500 bond, he says he has an attorney.