An Uptown man who opened his shotgun house to a homeless woman and her two young boys had less than good intentions, police said in an arrest warrant.
Victor Gaines, 53, was booked on a count of sexual battery on Wednesday for allegedly fondling the woman as she lay asleep on a futon next to her two young boys, ages 2 and 4. His bond was set at $20,000.
The victim met Gaines on the street just as she arrived to town in April, according to an arrest warrant sworn by Detective Valencia Pedescleaux. When the woman asked him where she could get a hot meal before heading to a Salvation Army shelter, he pointed her to a Popeyes restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue. Gaines then followed into the fast-food shop, she told police, and offered her a place to stay.
The woman said she had slept on the futon in Gaines’ house in the 4600 block of S. Robertson since then. But on the night of Sept. 16, they situation allegedly took a turn for the worse. The victim said she took an 800 mg dose of Ibuprofen for back pain. Early in the morning of Sept. 17, she consumed several alcoholic drinks with Gaines.
When the victim woke up the next morning, she told police, she found Gaines sleeping on the floor next to her futon. Her pants were on backwards and her underwear was inside out, she said.
Gaines repeatedly denied any sort of sexual contact with the woman. But after she confronted him several times, he allegedly confessed.
“I’m sorry,” he reportedly told the woman. “I did, I did, I took your pants and underwear off and I fondled you with my hands.”
The woman told police she was “very emotional” at the thought that Gaines had fondled her as her children lay by her side.
Gaines was on probation for armed robbery.