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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

[SC] Fired Deputy Grimsley pleads guilty to stalking and assaulting his girlfriend

...[Ex-Dillon County deputy Robert] Grimsley was arrested three times between November and December for domestic violence related charges against his girlfriend... Grimsley was fired as a deputy with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office last month...

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[SC] Deputy Grimsley arrested for bruising assault of girlfriend, and again for violating restraining order - ...Grimsley’s live-in girlfriend, had a bruise on her right leg, the side of her neck and the back of her neck... According to the report, some deputies asked the victim to report prior incidents, but she said she didn’t want to because she "did not want to get the suspect in trouble"... 

EX-SC OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO STALKING, ASSAULT
The Associated Press
Feb. 23, 2010
[Excerpts] A 38-year-old former police officer in South Carolina is facing sentencing after pleading guilty to stalking and assaulting his girlfriend and trying to tamper with evidence against him in the case... Authorities say [ex-Dillon County deputy Robert] Grimsley was charged with criminal domestic violence in November after grabbing his girlfriend in the home they shared in Latta and kicking her. A month later, investigators say Grimsley violated a restraining order by going to the woman's house and slashing her tires, then asked an officer working the case to switch or destroy blood samples that were collected. The woman told police Grimsley would ride by her house 20 times a day. [Full article here]

FORMER DILLON DEPUTY PLEADS GUILTY TO OBSTRUCTION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
scnow.com
By Samantha Shepard and Jamie Rogers
Published: February 19, 2010
Updated: February 22, 2010
[Excerpts] A former Dillon County sheriff’s corporal corporal accused of tampering with police evidence and assaulting his ex-girlfriend pleaded guilty to the charges against him Monday at the Dillon County Courthouse, S.C. Attorney General spokesman Mark Plowden said. Robert Paul Grimsley, 38, was arrested in December and is charged with obstruction of justice, stalking, violating a protection order, malicious injury to property and criminal domestic violence. Twelfth Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles is scheduled to sentence Grimsley at 2 p.m. Tuesday.... Circuit Court Judge William Seales denied Grimsley’s bond... Investigators said Grimsley was charged with criminal domestic violence in November after he grabbed his live-in girlfriend around the neck and kicked her at his home in Latta. Less than a month later, officials said, Grimsley violated the terms of an order of protection against him when he went to the victim’s house. The suspect slashed her tires and was arrested a second time Dec. 22, Dillon Police Chief Joe Rogers said in an earlier report. That day, prosecutors said, he tried to convince a police officer working the case to switch or destroy blood samples taken as evidence in the case. The alleged victim in the case told Seales in January that the suspect would ride by her home 18 to 20 times a day in his own vehicle. At times, he would ride by her house in a car borrowed from a friend. The victim said she was home the night the suspect showed up at her house to slash her tires. “He saw me looking at him through the window and he still cut my tires,” she said. The victim said the suspect’s abusive behavior had persisted for more than a year, but she continued to date him because she loved him. “I really loved that girl, but I’m not in love with her,” Grimsley told Seales during the hearing. “She ain’t got to worry about me ... I just want to tend to my children.”... [Full article here]

DILLON COUNTY DEPUTY FACES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
WBTW
By Patricia Burkett
Published: November 20, 2009
[Excerpts] ...Deputies said when they responded to the call in Latta, the victim, identified as Grimsley’s live-in girlfriend, had a bruise on her right leg, the side of her neck and the back of her neck. She told deputies the physical abuse stemmed from a series of arguments the two had that week, according to the report. She also said the suspect has been physically abusing her for more than a year. According to the report, some deputies asked the victim to report prior incidents, but she said she didn’t want to because she “did not want to get the suspect in trouble"... Grimsley remains on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation... [Full article here]

FORMER DILLON COUNTY DEPUTY SET TO GO ON TRIAL
By Continuous News Desk
Friday, February 19, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
[Excerpts] NewsChannel 15 has learned Robert "RP" Grimsley's trial will start next week at the Dillon County Courthouse... Grimsley was arrested three times between November and December for domestic violence related charges against his girlfriend... Grimsley was fired as a deputy with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office last month. He remains in jail without bond. [Full article here]
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3 comments:

  1. FORMER DEPUTY PLEADS FOR MERCY, GETS 5 YEARS
    WPDE
    By Tonya Brown
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

    A former Dillon County deputy has been sentenced to five years in prison for crimes against his ex-girlfriend.

    Robert "RP" Grimsley cried as he waited to be sentenced. Yesterday, he pleaded guilty to Stalking, Criminal Domestic Violence, Obstruction of Justice, and Violation a Protection Order and Malicious Injury to Property.

    Between November and December, he was arrested three times for committing those crimes against his former girlfriend. Before he was sentenced, Grimsley asked the judge for mercy. "Judge, I am asking for leniency. I've learned from my mistakes and it's been a lesson hard learned."

    He also apologized to his former girlfriend and his former co-workers at the Dillon County Sheriff Office.

    When Grimsley is finished serving his five year prison sentence, he will be placed on probation for three years.

    http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=420808

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  2. FORMER DEPUTY APPEALING PRISON SENTENCE
    WPDE
    Robert Paul Grimsley
    Published: February 25, 2010
    Updated: February 26, 2010

    DILLON — A former Dillon County sheriff’s corporal sentenced to serve five years in jail on obstruction and assault charges is asking the judge to reconsider his sentence.

    Robert Paul Grimsley, 38, was arrested in December and charged with obstruction of justice, stalking, violating a protection order, malicious injury to property and criminal domestic violence. He pleaded guilty to the charges against him Monday at the Dillon County Courthouse, S.C. Attorney General spokesman Mark Plowden said.

    Twelfth Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles sentenced Grimsley to seven years in prison, suspended to five years and three years of probation on Tuesday, Dillon County Clerk of Court Gwen Hyatt said. Grimsley was given credit for 64 days of time served, but must attend counseling and stay away from the victim.

    Nettles will hear the motion to reconsider Friday morning.

    Circuit Court Judge William Seales denied Grimsley’s bond during a court hearing in January, but said a $50,000 surety bond would go into effect if his case wasn’t heard before April 20.

    Investigators said Grimsley was charged with criminal domestic violence in November after he grabbed his live-in girlfriend around the neck and kicked her at his home in Latta.

    Less than a month later, officials said, Grimsley violated the terms of an order of protection against him when he went to the victim’s house.

    The suspect slashed her tires and was arrested a second time Dec. 22, Dillon Police Chief Joe Rogers said in an earlier report.

    That day, prosecutors said, he tried to convince a police officer working the case to switch or destroy blood samples taken as evidence in the case.

    The alleged victim in the case told Seales in January that the suspect would ride by her home 18 to 20 times a day in his own vehicle. At times, he would ride by her house in a car borrowed from a friend.

    The victim said she was home the night the suspect showed up at her house to slash her tires.

    “He saw me looking at him through the window and he still cut my tires,” she said.

    The victim said the suspect’s abusive behavior had persisted for more than a year, but she continued to date him because she loved him.

    “I really loved that girl, but I’m not in love with her,” Grimsley told Seales during the hearing. “She ain’t got to worry about me ... I just want to tend to my children.”

    Seales appointed 4th Circuit Public Defender Rick Jones to represent Grimsley in the case.

    http://www2.scnow.com/scp/news/local/pee_dee/article/grimsley_asks_for_reconsidered_sentence/106566/

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  3. FORMER DEPUTY'S SENTENCE STANDS
    carolinalive.com
    By Continuous News Desk
    Friday, February 26, 2010 at 10:31 a.m.

    Read more: Local, Crime, Robert RP Grimsley, Dillon County, Former Deputy, Sheriff's Office, Sentence, Appeal, Criminal Domestic Violence, Judge Michael Nettles

    This morning, Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles heard a motion by Robert Paul Grimsley's attorneys to reconsider Grimsley's sentence.

    At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Grimsley, a former Dillon County Sheriff's deputy, received five years in prison and three years probation. He pleaded guilty to several crimes against his former girlfriend including stalking and criminal domestic violence.

    After testimony from Grimsley and lawyers with the State Attorney General's Office, who prosecuted the case, Judge Michael Nettles decided not to lower Grimsley's sentence.

    The judge asked Grimsley to explain what happened that November night when he assaulted his girlfriend. Grimsley says they argued and that led to the physical violence against his girlfriend. When asked by the judge if there was any justification for the violence, Grimsley said no.

    The judge told Grimsley he has an emotional problem and to lower his sentence and give him probation wouldn't be the right thing to do.

    Judge Nettles told Grimsley his lack of judgment in slashing her tires, concerned him. Judge Nettles gave several reasons why he sentenced Grimsley to five years, including that Grimsley was a sworn officer of the law, the seriousness of the criminal domestic violence, and the pattern of Grimsley continually violating the protective order against him.

    Finally, Judge Nettles said he took seriously that Grimsley committed an act of obstruction of justice, by asking his fellow office to tamper with evidence in his case.

    http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=422298

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