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Registered sex offender arrested for following man home, assaulting him

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A Chattanooga man is facing charges for allegedly following a movie theater employee home from work and sexually assaulting him.
 
Chattanooga Police arrested 49-year-old Freddrick Harmon on Friday and charged him with indecent exposure, false imprisonment and sexual battery.
 
According to court documents, police were called to the Carmike movie theater in Hixson last month on a report of a sexual assault.
 
The alleged victim told police he boarded a bus from the movie theater and was headed home for the night. When he got off the bus and started toward his apartment he was stopped by a man who exited the bus and alerted him to items he’d left behind on the bus. That’s when the victim says the man, identified in a line-up as Harmon, threatened to hurt him if he didn’t allow him to enter his apartment.

"He said 'you don't want to get hurt. I don't want to hurt you, but if you don't want to get hurt, you're going to do everything I say. I'm going to go follow you into your apartment and we're going to have a really good time. He said a really good time over again,'" the alleged victim said.
 
The man told officers he was afraid Harmon would hurt or kill him if he didn’t allow him inside. He said Harmon exposed himself, assaulted him and held him against his will in the apartment while threatening him.

Through it all, he could think just one thing.

"To stay alive. To stay alive. I tried to cooperate as much as possible except getting into bed and trying to get him out of my house as fast as possible," the alleged victim said.
 
Harmon agreed to leave after the assault if the alleged victim gave him his phone number. The man wrote a fake number down and the suspect left.
 
On Friday, he spotted the suspect on the bus again. He immediately contacted police. The man identified Harmon as the suspect.

"I was scared and I just knew that I had to put this guy away. At the time, my head and heart was beating as much as possible," the alleged victim said.
 
Harmon is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $21,000 bond. He’s due in court on the charges on August 12.
 
According to court records, Harmon pleaded guilty to attempting to violate the sex offender registry in 2015. Harmon was convicted of attempted second-degree rape in 2003. He is classified as a violent offender on the state’s sex offender registry.

The director for CARTA said they plan to ban Harmon from riding all city buses. They'll have to go to court first.

The manager for the alleged victim's apartment complex said they were aware of what happened.

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