Aubrey 'Pop' Grimes back in Rowan courtroom
By Shavonne Potts
Slightly less than two months after Aubrey Neal “Pop” Grimes was convicted in a Rowan Superior Court on sex crimes, he returned to the same court to clear up an issue with his sentencing.
Grimes, 82, was sentenced April 13 to 24 years to 29 years in prison, during which time his offenses were consolidated.
At least one of his victims told authorities he was assaulted in the early 1990s.
Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly said Grimes was in court Thursday because the N.C. Department of Correction called last week, saying since some of Grimes’ crimes occurred years ago, they have to be listed separately. North Carolina sentencing laws changed in 1994.
Kenerly said this resentencing does not affect the amount of time Grimes will serve.
“He’ll serve exactly the same,” Kenerly said.
Authorities say there are five known victims of Grimes, all under the age of 13 at the time of the incidents. One victim, now an adult, came forward in November. That man told authorities Grimes assaulted him in the early 1990s.
Grimes assaulted him Jan. 1, 1992, through December 1995. Kenerly said during the plea hearing had this case gone to trial, the adult victim would’ve testified about the abuse he suffered.
All the assaults took place at Grimes’ home at 1040 Ashford Circle in the Shady Circle Trailer Park in Salisbury or in an outbuilding behind the home.
The incidents came to the attention of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 7, when a parent filed a report.