Butt slap proves costly for Rome man


The Rome man accused of slapping a Denny’s waitress on the butt earlier this year has been ordered to pay $1,800 in fines and court fees.

Clarence H. Locke Jr., 65, of 405 N. Levitt St., pleaded guilty before Judge John C. Gannon Thursday to one count of forcible touching, a misdemeanor, court officials said. Locke had been scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, but instead chose to plead guilty.

Locke was then ordered to pay a $500 fine, $200 surcharge, $1,000 sex offender fee and $100 in additional fees, prosecutors said.

Locke also had a three-year order of protection filed against him on behalf of the victim, and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

Police said Locke was being served by the waitress at Denny’s at about 12:20 p.m. May 21 when he reached over and slapped the woman on the butt. Police said Locke was asked to leave the South James Street restaurant, and he complied. He was later identified and charged.

In a statement he gave to police, Locke said, “I realized after I did it I had crossed the line.”


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