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Navy Reservist arrested as he returns from deployment and charged with sexual assault on children

Navy Reservist, 52, is arrested as he returns from deployment and charged with ‘sexually assaulting three children between 1993 and 2003’ after victim wrote to St Louis prosecutors asking them to start a probe

  • Ephraim Phillip Granderson, 52, was arrested by U.S. Marshall’s Service on Wednesday at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia
  • Granderson was returning from a deployment in South Korea, prosecutors in St. Louis, Missouri said
  • Prosecutors are aware of three victims whom Granderson allegedly had sex with on multiple occasions
  • It was not immediately known how the suspect knew the alleged victims
  • Photos posted to Facebook show that the sailor received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2018
  • Patches on his uniform identified Granderson as an Equipment Operator First Class with the E-6 pay grade in the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions 

A U.S. Navy Reservist has been charged with 12 felony counts of sex crimes including statutory rape and sodomy for allegedly assaulting three children between the ages of 9 and 16 from 1993 to 2003. 

Ephraim Phillip Granderson, 52, was arrested by U.S. Marshall’s Service on Wednesday at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia while returning from a deployment in South Korea, prosecutors in St. Louis, Missouri said. 

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said the investigation into Granderson started when one of his alleged victims wrote to prosecutors and asked them to start the probe last year, KTVI reported.

Patches on his uniform identified Granderson as an Equipment Operator First Class with the E-6 pay grade in the SeaBees

Ephraim Phillip Granderson, 52, was arrested by U.S. Marshall’s Service on Wednesday while returning from deployment in South Korea. 

He was charged with two counts of first-degree statutory rape, four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, four counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, one count of rape and one count of sodomy. 

Prosecutors are aware of three victims whom Granderson allegedly had sex with on multiple occasions. It was not immediately known how the suspect knew the alleged victims.

‘It started with a letter that this individual wrote to our office, and our chief investigator brought that letter to me and we decided that we wanted to look further into it,’ Bell said, according to KSDK.

‘We thought that it warranted a second look.’ 

The prosecutors office had previously heard the allegations before Bell was prosecutor but he said during a press conference that there was no indication ‘the wrong call’ had been made in not moving forward at the time, the outlet reported.

‘Oftentimes, especially younger victims at the time don’t feel comfortable for a lot of reasons coming forward — safety reasons, you name it,’ Bell said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

‘When that courageous individual reached out to us we looked into it and, again, I have to give credit to our investigative staff.’

Bell said Granderson was still in Atlanta on Wednesday evening but he is expected to be brought back to St. Louis County to face the charges and his cash-only bond has already been set at $200,000. 

An investigator with Bell’s office said Granderson ‘poses a danger to the crime victims as well as to the community’ in court documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

Photos posted to Facebook show that the sailor received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2018. 

Patches on his uniform identified Granderson as an Equipment Operator First Class with the E-6 pay grade in the SeaBees – the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Navy for more information and additional comment about his service. 

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