A Texas truck driver convicted of bringing weapons and drugs to Kings Island was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday.
Rodney Grisham, 37, of Dallas, Tex., faced up to four years in prison. He will get 129 days off for time served.
Grisham pleaded no contest and was found guilty in September of having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony, and drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.
He was arrested at Kings Island on July 2 after a park patron reported he had displayed unusual behavior towards children while in line for Diamondback.
Officers discovered Grisham had worn sunglasses containing a hidden video camera which he used to record children at the park throughout the day. He also admitted to having had previous interactions with police due to his use of the sunglasses to record children at a Kansas mall and Texas amusement park.
Police officials said they suspected Grisham of having child pornography on his computer and of possibly being involved in child abductions, but Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said his office found no evidence Grisham planned or attempted to abduct a child.
Grisham admitted to police to having a loaded shotgun in his semi-truck. A police search revealed two other loaded handguns, more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition, three knives, law enforcement equipment and prescription medication not prescribed to Grisham.
Grisham’s criminal history, including previous felony convictions of violence and drug offenses out of Kansas, prohibit him from owning a gun.