Man charged with child sex crimes

By: Gavin Stone - Editor

ROCKINGHAM — A Rockingham man has been accused of multiple felony sex crimes involving children.

Bobby James Griffin, 50, of U.S. 1 North is charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of attempted statutory rape.

Griffin was arrested on April 8 after allegedly attempting to engage in vaginal intercourse with a 12-year-old the same day, according to warrants for his arrest. The other charges come in connection to lewd acts with two females under the age of 16 between Jan. 1 and April 7.

The warrants show that there were three alleged victims.

Griffin is held at the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secure bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 18.

Records with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety show that Griffin has never been incarcerate in North Carolina but was convicted in April 1994 on one misdemeanor count of fraud and in December 2007 on two misdemeanor counts of larceny of over $200.

He was sentenced to probation for these charges.

Inmate found with crack cocaine

A Hamlet man arrested for larceny from multiple Richmond County stores was allegedly found with illicit drugs while on jail premises.

Jacob Tray McKenzie, 22, of Miniturn Avenue is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, three misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, two misdemeanor counts of larceny and one misdemeanor count each of second degree trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

McKenzie allegedly stole five bottles of hair care products, a power inverter, mulitple dog collars and tools worth approximately $550 from two Richmond County stores on April 6 and stayed in one of the stores after being told to leave, according to warrants for his arrest.

The warrants also allege that McKenzie gave a false name in interactions with police trying to cite him with charges at three Richmond County stores between March 3 and April 6.

While at the jail on April 6, McKenzie was allegedly found with crack cocaine, warrants say. It is unclear if the glass pipe he was also allegedly found with was on his person at the jail, along with the drugs.

Records with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety show that McKenzie served eight months in prison following a November 2014 conviction on one felony count of breaking and entering a house of worship and one misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon.

In March 2016, McKenzie was convicted on one felony count each of felonious restraint and committing a crime against nature.



Gavin Stone


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