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October 30, 2013

Sex charges filed against prison worker

He admitted relationship with woman held in Eddie Warrior, papers allege

Charges were filed Wednesday against a Wainwright man for the alleged rape and lewd molestation of a former inmate at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, according to court documents.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Richard P. “Rick” Grimes, 50. Grimes admitted in August to “a sexual relationship with (the female inmate) while she was incarcerated at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft,” where Grimes was employed, according to court documents.

Grimes has been on leave without pay since July 24, said Jerry Massie, a public information officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Grimes had not been arrested, according to booking records at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A DOC investigator, James E. Parvin, states in a report filed Tuesday in Muskogee County District Court that he had interviewed two inmates who said they had sexual relationships with Grimes. Grimes admitted to one of the relationships, but Parvin had not interviewed him about the second relationship before his report was filed.

Parvin acquired phone records for Grimes’ cellphone and for a cellphone the inmate obtained after she was released from Eddie Warrior to a halfway house.

“Parvin reviewed the records and found Grimes and (the woman) had text messaged and telephoned one another beginning on April 23, 2013, the date (the woman) established her telephone account and continuing to the most recent date” provided by the phone company, July 23, a court document states.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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