Rodney Grisham in court on Aug. 20, 2013. The Enquirer/ Tony Jones
A Warren County judge found a Texas truck driver guilty Monday of weapons and drug charges, but expressed concern about charges not brought regarding alleged inappropriate interactions with children.
Rodney Grisham, 37, of Dallas, Tex., was scheduled to stand trial Thursday but pleaded no contest to the charges after the judge Monday refused to toss out evidence in the case.
He was found guilty of one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of drug possession, a fifth-degree felony.
Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Peeler called the events leading up to Grisham’s arrest “troubling” and ordered a pre-sentence investigation before handing down a sentence at a later date.
“Based on what I’ve heard in this case, there’s still more I would like to know,” he said. “I can’t ignore the actions and scenario that led to this. I just want to know more about his history, his background.”
Grisham 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.
Mason Police Det. Toni Hoelke testified at an earlier hearing she suspected Grisham of having child pornography on his computer and of possibly being involved in child abductions.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said his office found no evidence Grisham planned or attempted to abduct a child.
Upon questioning, Grisham admitted 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.
Grisham has been held in custody at the Warren County Jail on a $100,000 bond since his arrest.
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