A Mason judge Monday denied a request to lower bond in the case of a Texas man whom police believe planned to abduct a child at Kings Island.
Rodney L. Grisham, 37, of Dallas was arraigned in Mason Municipal Court on three felony counts of possession of a weapon under disability and a misdemeanor count of drug possession.
Mason Prosecutor Bethany Bennett asked the judge to keep Grisham’s bond at $200,000 due to the “serious” circumstances surrounding the case.
Grisham, an over-the-road truck driver, was arrested Tuesday after police say he displayed unusual behavior towards young children at the park, at one point trying to snatch a 2-year-old toddler from the child’s older sibling.
Upon questioning, police say Grisham admitted to having a loaded shotgun in his truck. Officers also found two other handguns and non-licensed prescription medication not prescribed to Grisham in the vehicle. Information on the guns’ registration was not immediately available from Mason Police.
Mason Prosecutor Bethany Bennett told the judge that police also discovered Grisham had worn sunglasses containing a hidden video camera which he used to videotape children at the park throughout the day.
Police also found children’s videos and toys and an ASP and Taser in the vehicle, she said.
“The state has concerns he was there to abduct a child,” said Bennett. “We do believe he’s a significant danger to others.”
Grisham has previous drug and aggravated battery convictions out of Kansas. His criminal history prohibits him from owning a gun, according to police.
Grisham also has a prior sexual offense conviction, but because the victim was unable to testify, the charge was reduced and Grisham was not required to register as a sexual offender, said Bennett.
He faces more than 15 years in prison and a $31,000 fine if convicted of the drug and weapons charges. Bennett declined to comment on the case or to say if additional charges will be brought.
Grisham is set to appear again in court Thursday. He remains in custody at Warren County Jail.
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