Man Convicted of Groping Woman at Publix

By: TPD Release, Julie Montanaro Email
By: TPD Release, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 5.3.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Steven Hanna was convicted of misdemeanor battery today after groping a woman at a Tallahassee Publix store.

Prosecutors say he approached the woman three times. They contend he whsipered lewd comments in her ear and touched her buttocks.

Hanna took the stand today and denied touching the woman.

The jury apparently didn't buy his story. It took them just 15 minutes to come back with a guilty verdict.

Hanna was sentenced to one year's probation, 100 hours of community service and five days on the jail work camp.

WCTV viewers helped to identify Hanna after grocery store surveillance video was featured on our Crimestoppers segment.
Tallahassee, FL -- January 6, 2011 --

Steven Paul Hanna, 37, was arrested in connection with a groping incident at a Publix grocery store back in December of 2011.

The victim was able to point out the suspect after seeing him in a lineup of six, and Hanna was arrested for the charge of battery.

Snapshots of the original incident in December of 2011 were issued to the media at the time and led to the identity of the suspect.

For more information on the incident, read the attached probable cause.


TPD Attempting to Identify Battery Suspect

Tallahassee, Florida - December 19, 2011 -

On December 7th 2011, at approximately 9:23a.m. the Tallahassee Police Department responded to the Publix at 1700 North Monroe Street in reference to a battery. The female reported she was battered by the pictured male. TPD is seeking information leading to the identification of the below subject for questioning in this on-going investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4552 or Big Bend Crimestoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


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  • by Redneck on May 6, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    Just another case of "he said, she said." Sorry, but if you read the probable cause affidavit there is no footage of him with the "victim." If I were him I would appeal it and when it is overturned go after TPD. They have a pattern of arresting innocent people. I guess it's easier then kicking in crackhouse doors in Frenchtown.
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      by Anonymous on May 6, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to Redneck
      You chose the right name for sure
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    One hundred hours what kind of panty waisted treatment was that? You ask us to leave our jobs, sit on a jury. Judge our peers and you give a pervert like him 100 hours. He needed to go to prison to get what it feels like to be grouped himself. I see why smart people don't get picked for jury duty! What a waste of our time!
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      by funny... on May 7, 2012 at 09:27 PM in reply to
      Reading your "grouped himself" and then how "smart people" don't get picked for jury duty.
  • by Not smart... on May 5, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    What a loser. All he needed was a post on a dating site. Women would have been contacting him.
  • by bichslap on May 4, 2012 at 03:29 PM
    (FTR - intentionally misspelled). LOL. Just handle it yourself, dude! at least he will have time to ponder this
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    she should have sprayed him in the eyes with a bottle of tilex btw were they on that aisle with bathroom cleaners, idiot
  • by Jake on May 4, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    He needs to get a grip on hisself!!
  • by Sara on May 4, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    Even kindergardners know to keep their hands to themselves. What a loser!
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on May 4, 2012 at 04:14 AM
    Pick Up on Asle 5. (HA) Best place to score better then the Bar's IMO. (cool) I hope this one guy dosn't mess it up for the rest of us bummer.
  • by Natty Bumppo Location: Tally on May 3, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Arrest everyone that has ever been to a crowded bar.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 03:49 AM in reply to Natty Bumppo
      That attitude is unacceptable. It is wrong to put your hands on a woman in a crowded bar and it is wrong to do it in a grocery store. The woman was trying to buy groceries for her family in peace and this man decided to be a caveman and put his hands on her and tell her what he wants to do to her. It is completely unacceptable. Women are not property and we are not here for some stranger's gratification. I'm glad to see the jury understood that.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 05:18 AM in reply to Natty Bumppo
      This woman wasn't in a bar and he approached her three times in a grocery sound like you have done something similar before if you are defending him. You pretty lame if the only action you can get is by brushing up against someone or grabbing their arse without hteir permission. I would even go as far as speculating you have either considered it or have actually used the date rape drug before at a bar.
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        by Natty Bumppo on May 4, 2012 at 01:38 PM in reply to
        I suppose you are right. He should have just fondled some cantaloupes over in produce while leering away.
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        by Ralph the electrician on May 4, 2012 at 06:14 PM in reply to
        My woman likes to be property. Speak for yourself!
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      by Derek on May 4, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to Natty Bumppo
      I can't believe you'd want us to arrest your mom. Again.
  • by Tally girl Location: Tallahassee on May 3, 2012 at 02:51 PM
    I've accidentally brushed up against strangers in public before, maybe the woman blew it out of proportion.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:57 PM in reply to Tally girl
      "Brushing against" and grabbing a womans buttocks are two completely different things. If you weren't there, I don't think you have any reason to think that the woman "blew it out of proportion". In cases where the jury deliberates for 15 minutes, it's generally not questionable the suspects guilt.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 04:36 AM in reply to Tally girl
      Did they also whisper in your ear? Did they have a history of doing this?
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      by Dude on May 4, 2012 at 03:17 PM in reply to Tally girl
      And maybe you should learn the facts before you offer your ignorant opinion.
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