Wednesday, January 30, 2008

David Grantham - Repeat Sex Offender

A registered sex offender serving time in Hyde County has been accused of raping a 7-year-old girl at his Hope Mills home last year, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives say 55-year-old David Grantham, formerly of the 1300 block of Bill Drive, Hope Mills, forced a 7-year-old girl to perform sex acts while he was on probation for sexually assaulting another young person.

The violations occurred between Sept. 1 and 2 at his home in Hope Mills, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The child told detectives of numerous encounters which detailed Grantham’s inappropriate behavior toward her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Grantham is charged with crimes against nature, first-degree rape, taking indecent liberties with a child, incest between near relatives and first-degree statutory sex offense. He is expected to be extradited to Cumberland County to face the charges.

Grantham is currently serving time at the Hyde County Correctional Institute for a probation violation related to similar crimes he committed against another young person, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Grantham was convicted in Cumberland County in February 2000 for taking indecent liberties with a minor and incest with near relatives. He was released by the state Department of Correction on Dec. 22, 2001, with a condition of probation. He has been a registered sex offender since then.

Grantham returned to jail in September after breaking conditions of his court-ordered probation.

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