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Jeffery Dean Griffin
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Catawba Man Arrested on 18 Counts of Sexual Offenses Against Minors

On March 14, 57-year-old Jeffery Dean Griffin of Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on 18 counts of sexual offenses against minors. He was charged with one count of 1st-degree forcible sex offense, three counts of 1st-degree statutory sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense with a person who is 15 years of age or younger, and 13 counts of indecent liberties with a child. The offenses reportedly occurred between 1995 and 2019.

Following his arrest, Griffin was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $1,200,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for March 15 in Newton.

Sheriff’s Investigators believe there may be additional victims who have yet to be identified. Anyone with information concerning the incidents should call Sheriff’s Investigators at 828-465-8340.