Smokies hotels owner headed for trial on sexual battery charges

Smokies hotels owner headed for trial on sexual battery charges

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SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - The owner of a chain of Smoky Mountains hotels is scheduled to face trial on sexual battery charges after a hearing was held on Tuesday in Sevier County.

The Sevier County Clerk's Office says Ken Seaton, 73, appeared at a status hearing Tuesday in Sevier County Circuit Court. He is scheduled for a trial beginning March 2, 2011.

Seaton is accused of the sexual battery of five female employees who worked for his business, KMS Enterprises.

A man who said he was Seaton's relative told Judge Rex Ogle that Seaton hired attorney T. Scott Jones to defend him. 

Jones said he would file a court document identifying himself as Seaton's lawyer when he received full payment from Seaton.

Among the hotels Seaton owns are the Family Inns chain. He also heads a group called Christian Ministries, Inc.

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