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Criminal Complaint against Paul Grimm who pleaded guilty to transporting a minor female across state lines for the purpose of having sex.
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  411::t 6091 Rey 12103 Crimipal Complaipt UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Southern DISTRICT OF Texas UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CRIMINAL COMPLAINT V PAUL FRANCIS GRIMM Case Number: & --/4- r J - I \ Name and Address of Defendant) I the undersigned complainant state that the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. On or about _3_ _23_ _2 _1_4   n Galveston County, in Date) the Southern District of _T_e_x_a_s   defendant s) did, Track Statutory Language Offense) knowingly transport an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any commonwealth, territory or possession of the United States, with intent that the individual engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can e charged with a criminal offense in violation of Title _1_8   United States Code, Section s) _2_4_2_3 ;:...a.;... _ I further state that I am a n) _F_B_I_S..:.p_e_ci_al_A g -.:e~nt~~   and that this complaint is based on the Official Title following facts: See the attached affidavit of FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison Continued on the attached sheet and made a part of this complaint: Signature of Complainant Richard Rennison Printed Name of Complainant Sworn to before me and signed in my presence, at Galveston Texas Date ; /a/  ll 3t U?I i John R. Froeschner U.S. Magistrate Name of Judge Title of Judge Case 3:14-cr-00010 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 03/31/14 Page 1 of 6  AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF CRIMINAL COMPLAINT I Richard Rennison, being duly sworn, depose and state: 1. I am a Special Agent, employed by the Federal Bureau o Investigation FBI), and assigned to the Houston Division, Texas City Resident Agency. I have been a Special Agent for over ten years, and a municipal police officers for over ten years prior to my employment with the FBI. I am charged with the duty o investigating violations o the laws o the United States, collecting evidence in cases in which the United States is or may be a party in interest, and performing other duties imposed by law. During my employment with the FBI, I have investigated many cases involving the exploitation o children and have participated in the execution o search warrants for documents and other evidence, including computers and electronic media, in cases involving the sexual exploitation o children. I have also participated in various FBI mandated and volunteer training for the investigation and enforcement o federal child exploitation laws, and was a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in the Crimes Against Children Unit. 2. This Affidavit is made in support o a criminal complaint charging PAUL FRANCIS GRIMM with violating 18 U.S.C. § 2423 a), which makes it a crime to transport a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor engages in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense. 3. I am familiar with the information contained in this Affidavit based upon the investigation I have personally conducted and my conversations with other law enforcement officers involved in this investigation. 4. Because this Affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose o securing a criminal complaint, I have not included each and every fact known to me concerning this Case 3:14-cr-00010 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 03/31/14 Page 2 of 6  investigation, I have set forth only those facts that I believe are necessary to establish probable cause that evidence ofa violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2423(a) h s been committed by PAUL FRANCIS GRIMM on or about March 23,2014. Where statements of others are set forth in this Affidavit, they are set forth in substance and in part. 5 On Saturday, March 29 2014 United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents were working at the Galveston, Texas Cruise Ship Terminal, debarking passengers from the Carnival Cruise Lines Triumph cruise ship. CBP Officer Mandelbaum spoke with an adult male passenger (later identified as PAUL FRANCIS GRIMM, years old, date of birth who was travelling with a female child, initials HW, years old, date of birth . Officer Mandelbaum noticed the two had different last names and asked if they were related in any fashion, and was told they were not. Officer Mandelbaum became suspicious of them because of their age difference and the fact they were travelling together as non-family and sent them for secondary screening. 6. While in secondary screening GRIMM and HW were separated and not allowed to speak to each other. After being asked questions, HW admitted that she had a sexual relationship with GRIMM while on board the Carnival Triumph. HW said that she was from Ohio, and GRIMM was from Kansas and they met when GRIMM lived in Ohio and HW was friends with GRIMM s daughter who is the same age as HW. 7 lso during secondary screening, CBP Officers looked in GRIMM s cellular phone and observed several naked pictures ofHW. Furthermore, while looking through GRIMM s luggage, they observed numerous condoms, a dildo, a penis pump, and sexual lubricant. GRIMM was not cooperative with CBP officers and would not talk about the photos or other items they observed. CBP officers called the Houston FBI office and notified them of Case 3:14-cr-00010 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 03/31/14 Page 3 of 6  what they learned to this point who then contacted Affiant. 8 Your Affiant, along with FBI Special Agent Kenneth Carleton-Smith and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Dwayne Lewis, went to the Galveston Cruise Ship Tenninal and met with CBP officials who told them what they had learned up to that point. Affiant and SA Lewis interviewed HW, who told them that she met GRIMM while he and his two children lived near her in Ohio, and she was friends with his daughter. HW said that approximately two years ago, GRIMM and his children moved to Kansas but she kept n contact with GRIMM by text messages and phone calls. Over time, their relationship became flirtatious and on several occasions they sent each other naked pictures of themselves via text messages. 9. HW went on to state that around Valentine s Day of2014, GRIMM asked HW if she wanted to go on a cruise with him, and she said that she did. They decided to tell HW s mother that GRIMM was going to take his two children on the cruise and wanted HW to go with all of them. HW told her mother that story and her mother allowed her to go on the cruise with GRIMM. HW said that GRIMM purchased her an airline ticket to fly from Cleveland, Ohio, to Houston, Texas on United Airlines, and also paid for her to go on the cruise. 10. HW said that on Sunday, March 23, 2014, she flew from Ohio to Houston and GRIMM picked her up at the airport. They drove to Galveston, Texas, and stayed n the Hilton on the Seawall that night. On Monday, March 24,2014, they boarded the Triumph for their cruise. Due to an oil spill in the Galveston ship channel, the cruise did not depart until the following day, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. HW said that while on the ship. she had sex with GRIMM on one occasion, and had oral sex with him on two occasions. 11. Affiant and SA Lewis then interviewed GRIMM. GRIMM said that he knew HW through his daughter when they lived near her n Ohio. He said that HW had a troubled Case 3:14-cr-00010 Document 1 Filed in TXSD on 03/31/14 Page 4 of 6
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