May 25, 2018
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Man accused of taking girl to SC for sex

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Robert Cray, DOB 717/83. Courtesy of Greenville County, S.C., county sheriff's Detention Center website
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PALMYRA, Maine – A 27-year-old Palmyra man was arrested earlier this month in South Carolina after he was found staying in an apartment with a 14-year-old girl from Hartland, police said.

Since his July 16 arrest on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, Robert Leroy Cray III has remained at the Greenville County Detention Center in South Carolina. He is being held on bail set at $30,000 cash, or $30,000 surety, according to the detention center’s website.

Lt. Shea Smith of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that his department issued a warrant for Cray’s arrest “after developing information that he was in the area with the girl,” who had been reported as a runaway in early July.

Smith also said that county deputies had pulled Cray over in a traffic stop and that the girl reportedly was in the vehicle with him.

The arrest warrant was issued on July 15, according to court documents filed by Greenville County authorities. Cray was arrested on July 16 — the day before his 27th birthday — in a Greenville, S.C., apartment he allegedly was sharing with the juvenile.

A South Carolina court affidavit alleges that Cray “did engage in sexual battery by having sexual intercourse with the victim, a 14-year-old girl.”

After Cray’s arrest, the girl was taken into emergency protective custody by South Carolina social services. Smith said it was his understanding that the girl since has been returned to Maine.

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