James Graves Arrested Again: Tampering With A Witness

by | Aug 17, 2017 | County News, Crime, Cullman, Public Safety, Uncategorized

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Today, Investigators with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) once again arrested James Donald Graves (74) of Vinemont.

Following an investigation by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators discovered that Mr. Graves had made contact with someone related to the suspects most recent previously arrest. At that point, CCSO investigators contacted the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office and obtained a warrant for arrest for Tampering with a Witness.

Sheriff Matt Gentry had these thoughts following the arrest:

“I would like to thank our investigators for their prompt and immediate work in this case. We will also continue to coordinate with the DA to work toward revoking the suspects previous bond on his last charge.”

Mr. Graves is currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center with a $6,000 bond.

CCSO investigators are actively working to revoke the suspects last bond on the charge of Sexual Abuse – 1st Degree which would lead to him being held in the CCSO Detention Center until trial.

 

BACKGROUND ON GRAVES

On May 10, 2017, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Investigators arrested James Donald Graves (74) of Vinemont.

Graves is a former Cullman County Associate Commissioner. He was also an active member of the Cullman County Republic Executive Committee.

A minor age victim alleging forced performance of a sexual act came forward with a report to investigators with CCSO. The minor informed investigators James Donald Graves ‘made the victim perform a sexual act’.

Following a swift investigation by Investigators, CCSO discovered that Mr. Graves had sexually molested the individual minor on more than one occasion. The repeated molestation allegations were confronted during an interview process with Mr. Graves who confirmed the allegations.

According to CCSO, after the interview ‘there was no doubt a sexual crime had been committed by the suspect’.

At that point, investigators contacted the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office. They obtained a warrant for arrest for Sexual Abuse 1st Degree against Graves. This charge is a felony.

CCSO elected to NOT release any further details of the molestations and sexual abuse due to the graphic nature of this crime.

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James Graves Arrested Again: Tampering With A Witness

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