Man arrested on molestation charges

By Todd DeFeo

David Eugene Griffin of Stockbridge was a church-going man, police say. But an arrest warrant says he was also something else.

Griffin, 46, was arrested Wednesday and will appear before a Henry County Magistrate Court judge today on four counts of aggravated sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of sexual battery.

"If other victims are identified, then yes there would be more charges," Henry County Bureau of Police Services Lt. Ken Turner said.

According to a warrant filed Nov. 10 by Henry County Police Detective Wayne Bender, the charges stem from contact on six separate occasions.

On April 1, 2001, police say Griffin fondled a 13-year-old girl at his Lamp Post Circle home.

In April 2003, Griffin fondled a 15-year-old girl at home, according to the warrant.

During the summer of 2003, "the same juvenile" was at his house and the two drove to an unspecified McDonald's, where Griffin fondled the girl in a parking lot, the warrant reads. Police charge other abuse as well.

In August 2003, police say Griffin invited a 7-year-old girl into his living room and "coerced" her into a sex act. Then, during a game of truth or dare, he "coerced" the girl to perform a sex act

on an 11-year-old boy and later Griffin then performed a sex act on the girl, the warrant states.

On Aug. 14, 2004, Griffin and the now 16-year-old girl drove to a Blockbuster parking lot, where he forced her to perform a sex act on him, according to the warrant.

A day later, police say Griffin went into an apartment where the girl lives, let himself in and fondled her while she was in the shower.

Griffin worked in the maintenance department of the apartment complex. A man who answered a phone call at the complex referred all calls to a corporate office.

"We've been made aware of the allegations against Mr. Griffin and we are performing our own internal investigation," said Darin Collier, executive vice president of Worthing Companies, the company that manages the apartment complex. "Beyond that, we have no comment at this time."

Griffin "had been" a member of Harvest Worship Center in Forest Park and Harvest for Christ International Church in Stockbridge, according to a news release issued by police. He has lived on Lamp Post Circle since May 1991, police said.

Police urge anyone who suspects "any type of misconduct" between Griffin and their children to call Bender at (770) 954-2484.