Car dealership owner accused of multiple sexual assaults has passed away

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – A local car dealership owner who was arrested numerous times for alleged sexual assaults on female customers has died

According to an obituary from the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Fay Sims, 85,  passed away on Saturday.

Sims was awaiting a criminal court trial in August for several sexual assault charges that were bound over from Sessions Court.
According to several female customers who have talked to both police and News 12, Sims not only exposed himself but also inappropriately touched them at his dealership.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga car dealership owner continues to be a magnet for accusations of sexual assault.

Fay Sims, 85, of Chattanooga was booked into the Hamilton County jail for yet another case of sexual assault. The owner of Best Motors was charged with sexual battery after a female customer told police he put his hands down her shirt.

The alleged victim told police that she arrived at the dealership to make a car payment and to discuss an issue she was having with a van she purchased.

According to the customer, Sims said he could help as long as she was offering something. Then she said he put his hands down her shirt. She walked out and called police.

This isn’t the first time Sims has been arrested for sexual assault.

Back in September of last year, News 12 did an investigation into similar allegations against Sims after he was arrested for sexual battery.

According to Chattanooga police in that case, a woman walked into the office of his dealership to talk about switching out her old car for a new one. The woman told investigators that at some point during the conversation, Sims said,” If she would do something that he would pay the rest.” The woman reportedly told him no and they continued to discuss the price of a new car.

During that conversation, the woman said Sims pulled out his penis and asked her, “how much” and “can you put your mouth on it?” She told police she walked away.

When officers questioned Sims about the alleged incident, he reportedly told them people lie about him all the time because they get mad when he repossesses their car. He also told police he didn’t remember the woman coming into his business.

Also in that case, his wife told police a different story. According to Ms. Sims, the woman had stopped by to get a part ordered for her car but that nothing happened that would have made her upset to lie about her husband. The secretary reportedly told investigators the same information provided by Ms. Sims.

In December of 2014, Sims was charged with sexual battery. In that case, a woman claimed Sims rubbed her back and kissed her against her will while they were in his office. That woman told police Sims agreed to let her give him a lower payment than what was owed because he thought she was attractive.

As of April of this year, Sims has a total of seven criminal cases that have yet to go to trial. Four of those cases involve sexual battery and indecent exposure. One case involves patronizing prostitution.

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