Richard Dresser of Morgan Hill was arrested for accusations of
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The owner of a Christian book store in Morgan Hill vehemently
denies charges that he inappropriately touched a female employee of
the store, and he vows to fight the charges until his name is
cleared.
Morgan Hill

The owner of a Christian book store in Morgan Hill vehemently denies charges that he inappropriately touched a female employee of the store, and he vows to fight the charges until his name is cleared.

Richard Dresser of Morgan Hill, the owner of Eternal Treasures book store at 433 Vineyard Town Center, was arrested after the 23-year-old employee reported the incident to Morgan Hill Police immediately after it happened about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Jerry Neumayer.

Following an investigation, police asked Dresser, 55, to come to the police station. He confessed to the crime while he was being interviewed, Neumayer said. However, Dresser said he denied the charges to police, and did not confess to any crimes. He said he signed paperwork consenting to searches of his property, including computers and video footage from surveillance cameras at the store.*”If I confessed by signing something, that’s unbeknownst to me,” Dresser said. “The fact that there’s video will work in my favor.”

Dresser was booked into county jail on suspicion of touching the intimate parts of a restrained person, indecent exposure, recording video for pleasure and secretly video taping a person when they expect privacy. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

He was released from jail the next day on his own recognizance.

“These charges are wrong, and I know they’re going to be dropped,” Dresser said at his store Tuesday.

Also supporting his case, Dresser said, is a statement by the woman attached to a restraining order against Dresser. He said he was served with the order Wednesday, but he declined to discuss details of the woman’s statement until after he consults with an attorney.

Dresser said he has never been arrested or convicted of a crime before his arrest Saturday, and Neumayer said he was unaware if Dresser has a criminal history.

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