Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Byron Sharper was cited Tuesday with committing simple battery on an 18-year-old woman after giving her a ride home, police say.
Sharper, who represents District 7, tried to kiss the woman Thursday when he pulled into her driveway and asked her for a hug, said Sgt. Don Kelly, a police spokesman.
Sharper then followed her into her house, where he grabbed her hips and rubbed her buttocks while pulling her closer to him, Kelly said.
The woman, who has known Sharper most of her life, resisted the metro councilman’s advances, which stopped when her cell phone rang, Kelly said.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, told her mother about the incident, Kelly said. The mother contacted police the following day.
Based on statements from the victim and Sharper, police issued Sharper a misdemeanor summons, accusing him of committing simple battery.
This is the second time Sharper has been accused of the crime. In March 2006, he was accused of simple battery on a 21-year-old woman after interviewing her for a job in his office at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Gus Young Avenue.
That woman, Lakivia Richard, declined to press the charge in May 2006, according to Baton Rouge City Court records. The court, however, ordered Sharper to complete a pre-trial intervention program.
Sharper completed the program and the charge was dismissed in March of last year.