Man selling magazines jailed on sexual assault - WSMV Channel 4

Man selling magazines jailed on sexual assault

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A man selling magazines door-to-door is suspected of sexual assault in Hendersonville.

Nicholas Dalrymple, 26, of Gainesville, GA, was jailed in Sumner County on a charge of sexual battery.

Monday morning, a Hendersonville woman called police to say she had been attacked by a man who came to her door to sell magazine subscriptions. A second call had also been made to Hendersonville Police, claiming Dalrymple had become aggressive after a neighbor refused him entry to her home. 

Officers located Dalrymple in the Maples neighborhood, where he was selling subscriptions for a North Carolina firm.

Investigators are not releasing his mugshot yet because they are trying to determine if there are any other victims.

"I just couldn't believe it," said neighbor Dorothy Merryman. "I just couldn't believe it. I'm just so thankful that I went in my house and locked the door, or he could've come in my house."

Merryman said she encountered Dalrymple on Monday when he rang her doorbell.

"I said, 'I do not want any magazines,'" said Merryman. "He said, 'Well, give me a high five since you don't want any.' I said, 'no.'"

Merryman said the salesman then asked her for a cold drink. She went to get it, but not before locking the door first.

"I told my husband to go to the door to see what he wanted," said Merryman. "My husband said, 'What do you want?' He said, 'She's getting me something cold to drink.' I made my husband take it to him, and he left."

It was later that afternoon Merryman heard Dalrymple had been charged with sexual battery. The news has Merryman relieved she kept that door locked. 

"It's just scary," said Merryman. "You just can't trust people anymore. I just don't trust. I'm sorry, but I just don't trust."

Another neighbor in the same area told Channel 4 a man claiming to be selling magazine subscriptions for a North Carolina firm knocked on her door about a month ago. She said the man struck her as strange because he insisted on getting cash from her instead of checks.

Hendersonville Police said they're still investigating how long Dalrymple has been operating in this neighborhood and if he was truly selling magazine subscriptions for a company.

Hendersonville Police added that people have to have a solicitor's permit in order to sell anything door to door in their jurisdiction and in many other jurisdictions. To protect yourself, police say to always ask someone who comes to your home to show you their permit.

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