Gas station owner accused of touching customers, exposing himself

Posted at 8:00 PM, Aug 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-18 23:00:58-04

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. -- Gas station owner Tarsem Chand, 25, told FOX 17 the allegations against him have been blown out of proportion. However, one of his alleged victims begs to differ.

"I just went in to pay for my gas, and he just came walking behind me and grabbed me right in my butt," an alleged victim said.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, added, "I didn't know what to say. I just was like in awe."

She agreed to speak about her interactions with Chand. He owns and manages the Phillips 66 gas station in Constantine on North Washington Street.

The alleged victim said she's seen him several times at the store, but she said one day he touched her inappropriately.

She said she felt violated.

Watch the video to hear her in her own words.

Two other woman, who she knows, said Chand did the same thing to them including exposing his genitalia.

FOX 17 got a hold of probable cause documents. Chand is reported to have told one woman that he was desperate for sex.

When interviewed by detectives, police said Chand admitted to the allegations in great detail and said his wife is out of the country. The interview is said to have been recorded.

Police said Chand justified his actions by saying, "It's not like I raped them."

Since then, he's been charged with aggravated indecent exposure and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree.

The alleged victim said, "He had found me on Facebook afterwards and wrote me on there, just apologizing for what he had done to me and asking me not to press charges."

FOX 17 asked the woman what she wants people to know.

"If it has happened to them... to come forward themselves too. I mean, don`t be afraid to. It`s not right what he`s doing," she said.

According to his criminal record, Chand pled guilty to indecent exposure in January 2008. He served 18 days in jail and 24 months probation.