“Jack The Gripper,” Alleged Serial Hugger, Could Face Charges

When does a hug become a crime?

One alleged serial hugger nicknamed “Jack the Gripper” is accused of pretending to know women and tricking them into giving him a hug, according to ABC News.

Now Missouri prosecutors are trying to determine if the accusations made by 36 women against the 44-year-old man amount to a criminal offense.

“He’d say, ‘Hi, remember me? I lived down the street in the corner house. How ya been?’” Des Peres, Mo., Detective Marshall Broughton said. “Obviously [the women] didn’t remember him, but he did it so quickly and convincingly that they felt embarrassed that they didn’t know him.” Read more …

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