Security company forced to shut down after rape allegations

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The owner of a Memphis security company said he was forced to effectively shut down his business in the wake of a rape scandal.

Huston Akins, the owner of SecurityPoint Protective Services, said Kroger made a devastating decision based on the alleged actions of one employee.

Geryl Hill, 31, was charged with rape after police said he "forcefully propositioned" a customer suspected of shoplifting inside the Poplar Plaza Kroger store.  Kroger then decided to terminate its contract with SecurityPoint, which employed 50 guards at more than a dozen Kroger stores.

Akins claimed a background check of Hill checked out when he was hired three years ago.

"You know, as a company, we are responsible for our employees and their actions and are liable for that," Akins said.  "It's very unfortunate for the 50 employees and their families as well as my family that this happened."

Akins said Hill was an outstanding employee who was often requested by certain Kroger stores.

A Kroger spokesperson admitted it is unfortunate the actions of one employee ruined the company's relationship with SecurityPoint.

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