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Raleigh used car salesman faces new sex charges

Posted April 1, 2015

Thomas Jefferson Lynn, 63

— The owner of a Raleigh used car dealership who was charged after several people came forward saying he touched them inappropriately is facing new charges in connection with the investigation.

Thomas Jefferson Lynn, 63, was arrested Wednesday at Freedom Auto Sales, formerly known as Wolfpack Auto Sales, at 3020 Hillsborough St. He is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping.

On Feb. 27, Lynn surrendered to authorities on two charges of misdemeanor sexual battery after two customers, a 22-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman reported Lynn had touched them while they shopped at his dealership.

Police said the media coverage of his arrest prompted five additional victims to come forward.

Lynn once again surrendered to police on Mar. 13 for similar charges, including sexual battery, assault on a female and solicitation for prostitution.

"There were approaches that went beyond inappropriate touching and became illegal acts," Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said last month. "The victims were touched inappropriately, illegally, and there were inappropriate offers or suggestions made."

In all, police believe there are 10 victims in this case.

The investigation is ongoing.


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  • Clovis Sangrail Apr 2, 2015
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    "new sex"?

    I am just getting the hang of the old one.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 2, 2015
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    I just wonder how much truth there are to these claims. If he did something as serious as rape, why wasn't that reported to the police years ago? I just get an uneasy feeling that some lies are being told about the man. As an experiment, I'd like to see the police make similar claims about someone they know to be innocent to see what the public says. I'll bet we'd see the same result. Maybe not, but I have a feeling something isn't right with these accusers.

  • Kenneth Brewer Apr 1, 2015
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    His eyes look demonic. I wonder how he got that way.

  • Anthony Snark Apr 1, 2015
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    Grandpa noooooo!

  • Greg Smith Apr 1, 2015
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    No more freedom for the man from Freedom Auto Sales.

  • Ryan Gray Apr 1, 2015
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    This guy doesn't look like a used car salesman who practices in sexual misconduct. Oh wait, that's exactly what he looks like - sorry for the confusion.

  • Xander Bogaerts Apr 1, 2015
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    View quoted thread


  • Sarcoi Dosis Apr 1, 2015
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    He's not exactly God's gift to the Automotive World. Picture must be taking from his bad side.

  • Eric Johnson Apr 1, 2015
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    But did he get you a deal?