Parking attendant allegedly sexually assaulted teen in COTA lot

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A parking attendant allegedly sexually assaulted a teen who was leaving a concert at Circuit of the Americas in May.

On May 5, a woman called police to report she had been assaulted at COTA’s parking lot at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. after asking for help to find her car. A JMBLYA concert was happening that night, and the woman said she left early because she was tired. COTA confirms it was not a COTA-produced event and parking was provided by third-party vendors.

After searching for half an hour, she told police she asked a parking attendant, later identified as Paul Tincher, 37, to help her. “It was dark outside and she had a dark colored car,” according to an affidavit.

They found the car with a flashlight and the victim thanked Tincher, who started to walk away. Suddenly, she said he turned around and asked how old she was. When she replied with her age, he said “wow I thought you were 22. Well your the sexiest 17 year old girl I have ever seen,” according to an affidavit. He then allegedly touched the sides of her body from shoulders to hips.

When she tried to leave and get in the car, he blocked her way and made inappropriate comments, the affidavit said. She tried talking about her boyfriend, and then asked him about the woman he had been with when she asked him for help, who he had called “babe.” 

“He stated to her, ‘Oh, that’s not my girlfriend I call everyone babe,'” the affidavit said. “The suspect then told her ‘If I had a girlfriend, I wouldn’t do this,'” and he forcibly kissed her. The victim repeatedly tried to escape, telling him “I am under age,” and “there are people watching,” the affidavit said. She also tried to pull him off her and repeatedly told him “no” and “stop.”

Tincher allegedly forced his hands down her pants and assaulted her with his hand and raped her. 

Police interviewed Tincher, and according to the arrest warrant, he tearfully apologized, saying he got “caught up in the moment.”

“I would tell her I am so sorry for taking advantage of a young lady who isn’t grown yet. And I apologize for any trauma I have done to her.” 

Tincher faces a sexual assault charge. Jail records do not list him as being in custody.

KXAN has reached out to Circuit of the Americas, which says it routinely rents out the space to third parties for concerts and events, which is what happened in this case. COTA says it was not involved in hiring the parking attendants for the event or security.

“Millions of visitors have attended events at COTA and we are not aware of a similar incident of this nature,” COTA wrote. “We consider the safety and security of our patrons to be paramount. We understand that the person allegedly responsible has been arrested and hope justice will be served.”

The event’s parking contractor, Transportation Management Services (TMS) echoed that statement to KXAN, saying, “We are hopeful that justice will be served in this situation and continue to do everything possible to maintain a safe environment for all patrons at these events.” 

TMS was brought on by a subcontractor for TMS, a local staffing company, for the JMBLYA concert. The company’s president, Kevin O’Connor, said they selected the company because of its specialty in the security arena and focus on ensuring staff were fully vetted. The said the company confirmed all employees are background checked, including Tincher. O’Connor said TMS no longer works with the staffing company because of this incident.  

The staffing company got back in touch with KXAN and said it will follow up with answers to our questions regarding Tincher’s background check. 

Tincher has a long criminal history. He’s been arrested several times for assault since 2001 and pleaded guilty to three assault charges, including one involving a family member.

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