Red Bank Businessman Classified as
Sex Offender for Spanking Employees
of a snow-cone business in Red Bank, Tennessee had a clause in his
employees' contract that said he could quote, "bust their behinds
as he sees fit."
The problem, police say, is that he took that clause literally.
Paul Eugene Leavengood pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he spanked two
of his female employees. Prosecutors say what happened to at least the
two young women was not only inappropriate, it was criminal.
Leavengood made the guilty plea before Hamilton County Criminal Court
Judge Doug Meyer Thursday morning. Judge Meyer sentenced Leavengood to 2
years supervised probation. Leavengood must also register as a sex
offender with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The judge also
ordered Leavengood not to have any contact with the victims, to continue
counseling, and not to have unsupervised contact with females under the
age of 18. After the sentencing, Leavengood stood outside the court with
his attorney, Kenton Holloway, and said, "We hate everything that
happened. I wish it never had."
Assistant District Attorney Jason Thomas was ready for a trial, but
Thursday Leavengood agreed to plead guilty to two counts of sexual
Thomas says the atmosphere at the Red Bank business was inappropriate,
"It was to some degree sexual in nature, with some joking and some
things going on. You might call them overtones."
Two of the young women who worked for Leavengood, and were spanked, came
forward to authorities. Thomas says it would have been hard on the women
to go through a trial, to testify about the sensitive nature of what
happened to them, but he also says they are two young ladies of
Except for his attorney, Leavengood sat alone in Judge Doug Meyer's
After his sentencing, he told us that his actions have taken a toll on
him and his family, so he accepted the plea agreement. Leavengood said,
"It isn't necessarily what I wanted to do, but I also have to look
at the feelings of other folks and how it affects them. So that weighed
pretty heavily on our decision. I'm anxious to have this behind