Jerad Milton Grimes
(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on three arrest warrants, which included a warrant on a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd Degree.
19 year old Jerad Milton Grimes of Butler Street in Westminster was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:03am yesterday. Besides the Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor charge, Grimes has also been charged with two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
The Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor – 2nd Degree charge stems from evidence obtained during the execution of a search warrant in regards to an unrelated investigation. Based on the evidence obtained, investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division charged Grimes with having sexual relations with a minor on July 29th of this year.
One of the charges for the Contributing to a Delinquency of a Minor charge was obtained based upon evidence that Grimes took a minor female to a house party on Miller Farm Road in which alcoholic beverages were consumed on August 4th of this year.
The second Contributing to a Delinquency of a Minor charge was obtained due to Grimes encouraging a female minor to provide false information to law enforcement at Prisma Health – Oconee Memorial Hospital on August 4th. Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle early in the morning on August 4th due to a traffic violation. Grimes was the driver of a vehicle that contained a minor female and an adult male passenger who had a gunshot wound to the leg. The deputies followed the vehicle to the hospital to further continue the investigation.
Grimes was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on August 10th after posting bond. Grimes received a combined $40,000 surety bond.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation and in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and that of the victim in the Criminal Sexual Assault case, as well as the Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor investigations, the Sheriff’s Office will not release any information that could, in any way, identify the minors in these cases.