Pop Grimes gets maximum sentence in sex crimes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
An 82-year-old man charged last year with taking indecent liberties with a child will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Aubrey Neal “Pop” Grimes pleaded guilty on Monday to 11 counts of first-degree sex offense of a child and 17 counts of indecent liberties with a child.
He was given the maximum sentence of 24 years to 29 years in prison.
There were five known victims, all under the age of 13. One victim, now an adult, came forward in November. That man told authorities Grimes assaulted him in the early 1990s.
Rowan District Attorney Bill Kenerly said the incidents involved improper touching and Grimes performing oral sex on the victims.
All the assaults took place at Grimes’ residence at 1040 Ashford Circle in the Shady Circle Trailer Park.
In 1987, Grimes was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child in Guilford County, where he then lived.
In November, Sheriff George Wilhelm said none of the charges stem from Grimes’ involvement with the East Rowan Little League. Grimes was a volunteer with the organization, serving as a scorekeeper and scoreboard operator.
See Tuesday’s Post for more details.

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