Tennessee man charged with sexually assaulting women at Nashville shelter for tornado victims, police say

A Tennessee man is accused of sexually assaulting two women at a shelter for tornado victims in Nashville just days after the deadly storm ripped through communities and obliterated homes.

Cory Sullivan, 45, tried to befriend the victims, who slept on cots next to his at the Centennial Sportsplex shelter, by buying them food, the women told police in an arrest affidavit.

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Sullivan later grabbed them both by the hair and forced them to swallow suboxone strips, which help people recover from opioid addictions, the affidavit said according to the Tennessean.

Sullivan was charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Sullivan was charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

He tried to kiss them on their necks and touch their backsides while the two women walked to a local pizzeria, WKRN-TV reported, citing the document. Back at the shelter, one of the women accused Sullivan of kissing their necks and groping them while they were on their cots.

At least one witness inside the shelter said they saw the unwanted sexual advances and that at least one woman told Sullivan to stop, the document said.

Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee last week, shredding more than 140 buildings and burying people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee last week, shredding more than 140 buildings and burying people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Sullivan was charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the incidents, police said.

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The storm, which spawned 10 tornadoes, struck in the predawn hours on March 3, killing at least 24 people and leaving dozens more injured. Thousands of volunteers have been assisting in rebuilding the communities in the days since the destruction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.