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Elizabeth Garner

A Rutherford County grand jury has indicted a 42-year-old Nashville woman on multiple charges for allegedly fondling a local boy while at a party hosted by his mother in February.

Elizabeth L. Garner, who was reportedly intoxicated at the time, is accused of following the 12-year-old boy into a bathroom and attempting to perform oral sex on him, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

During the incident, Garner allegedly grabbed his penis on the outside of his pants and tried to take off his shorts, but the boy managed to get out of the bathroom before anything else occurred.

After his mother learned about the incident, she contacted authorities about the allegations.

In a subsequent interview with police, detective Tommy Roberts reported Garner told police the incident was the result of a misunderstanding and mistaken identity.

"Ms. Garner, who was advised of her miranda rights, stated that she was drunk that evening," Roberts reported, "and that she got the boy confused with a man who also at the residence."

Detectives then submitted all of the evidence, including her statements, to the March grand jury, which issued the indictment.

Garner, who was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 bond, is now facing charges of aggravated sexual battery and solicitation of a minor for rape of a child.

The case is currently pending in Rutherford County Circuit Court. If convicted, Garner could be sentenced to more than eight years in jail.

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April 02, 2013 at 11:10am
I am glad they did not make this a story about the Tennessee Titans. Every other broadcast station has made it like she was cheering at the game and did this.
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