September 20, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that, following a two-day trial, Michael Timothy Grantham was convicted on one count of gratification of lust involving a child; the day of sentencing, Grantham pled to an additional count of gratification of lust involving the same child. He received a 15-year sentence on each offense. The sentences will run concurrently.
Grantham will be required to serve every day of his 15 year sentence, and will have to register as a sexual offender upon his release.
Guest stated, “By allowing Grantham to plea to the second count of gratification of lust, he has given up his right to appeal and has no hope of getting out of prison before he has served his sentence in its entirety.”
Guest added, “Timothy Grantham had access to this child because of a relationship he had with the child’s mother. With these disturbing acts Timothy Grantham stole this little girl’s childhood.”
On June 18, 2009, the victim’s aunt contacted the Rankin County Sheriff’s office about her niece. Her niece told her that she recently had a nightmare and got into bed with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, Michael Timothy Grantham. While in bed with Grantham he touched her inappropriately.
During the same month, Grantham had the child alone in his truck when he stopped his vehicle and again touched her inappropriately. Grantham threatened her that if she told anyone that she would never see her mother again.
The victim was examined by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and interviewed by the Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center, where the victim’s disclosure of the two incidents were considered to be consistent with a child who had been sexually abused.
Guest concluded, “The jury did an outstanding job of reviewing the evidence and convicting a man who has no moral compass and who would have preyed on other children if he had not been convicted. The jury members are to be commended for their responsible act of public service.”