A Mason police officer’s suspicion that a Texas truck driver allegedly had inappropriate interactions with children at Kings Island gave police the right to detain him, a Warren County judge ruled Monday.
Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Peeler denied a motion filed by attorneys for Rodney Grisham to toss out weapon and drug evidence confiscated during a search of his semi-truck at the Mason amusement park.
Grisham, 37, of Dallas, Tex., is charged with one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.
Kings Island security personnel apprehended Grisham at the Mason amusement park on July 2 after receiving reports that he had displayed unusual behavior towards children, at one point allegedly trying to take a toddler from the child’s older cousin.
The security officers asked Grisham to return with them to the park’s security office, where Mason Police Det. Toni Hoelke was working an off-duty detail at the park.
Hoelke told the judge she took Grisham into an interview room and read him his rights before proceeding to question him about the alleged behavior. Grisham, she said, was not under arrest and willingly answered questions in the two-hour interview.
During the interview, Grisham admitted to being a convicted felon and having a loaded shotgun in his truck. Grisham’s criminal history, which includes a prior felony offense of violence conviction out of Kansas, prohibits him from owning a gun.
Officers discovered Grisham had worn sunglasses containing a hidden video camera which they say he admitted to using to record children at the park throughout the day.
Grisham also admitted to having had previous interactions with police due to his use of the video camera sunglasses to record children at a Kansas mall and Texas amusement park.
Grisham gave police limited consent to search his truck and take possession of his laptop computer, electronics and firearms. During that search, police found three firearms, ammunition and prescription Vicodin not prescribed to Grisham in an unmarked bottle.