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Clark County man arrested for sexually assault woman in Walmart bathroom

When questioned, he asked why there was no transgender bathroom and told managers, "How do you know I'm not a female?"
Nathaniel Lake Chaney Brown (Photo: Clark County Jail)

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — Police arrested a 32-year-old man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a Walmart restroom in southern Indiana Friday.

NBC affiliate WAVE-TV reports Nathaniel Brown told police he bumped into a female employee in the women's restroom, but she says differently.

The woman told police she was washing her hands when Brown came out of a stall and inappropriately grabbed her. In a report, she said she elbowed Brown in the chest and ran to tell a manager. When managers got to him, he asked why there wasn't a transgender bathroom in the store.

According to our newsgathering partners at the News and Tribune, Brown asked managers, "How do you know I'm not a female?"

Police came to the store and found Brown on a computer in the store searching the internet about laws pertaining to transgender bathrooms. Police found meth and syringes on him.

"Whether that was a legitimate inquiry he was doing or some sort of defense that he was simply exploring to assert in this case, I don't know," said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull. Mull said it's unclear whether drugs played a role in the incident.

Documents show Brown told police he used the women's restroom because it's cleaner than the men's restroom, according to News and Tribune.

Brown is facing charges for sexual battery and possession of meth and a syringe. Brown was out on bond at the time of the incident, so the prosecutor is filing a habitual offender enhancement in the case. He also filed motions to revoke bond.