The case of a Texas truck driver suspected of plotting to snatch a toddler from Kings Island will go to the Warren County grand jury.
Rodney L. Grisham waived his right to a probable cause hearing Thursday afternoon at Mason Municipal Court.
Grisham, 37, of Dallas, is charged with three felony counts of possession of a weapon under disability and a felony count of drug possession.
However, prosecutors believe he went to the Mason amusement park with the intention of abducting a child.
Grisham has been in custody at the Warren County Jail since his July 2 arrest on a $200,000 bond. His attorney appealed to Judge D. Andrew Batsche to lower the bond, arguing it to be too high for the charges brought against Grisham.
The judge again denied the request after Mason Prosecutor Bethany Bennett said Grisham represents both a flight risk and a danger to the public.
“He has prior failure to appears on his record and he told a detective on the case that his plan was to bond out and leave the state,” Bennett told the judge.
“Some of the acts of circumstances have not been charged, however those acts of circumstances surrounding this case do so make him a danger to others. We do still believe that his intentions that day at the park were much more serious than the charges that we have.”
Grisham’s attorney, Jeffrey W. Stueve, declined to comment, but told the judge his client denies allegations of a child abduction plot.
Grisham, an over-the-road truck driver, was arrested July 2 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, an ASP and Taser and 4,000 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle, she said.
Grisham has previous drug and aggravated battery convictions out of Kansas. His criminal history prohibits him from owning a gun, according to police.
He 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.
Grisham faces more than 15 years in prison and a $32,000 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.