A Gaston County commissioner is facing sexual battery charges.
Gaston County Jail records show Donald Jerry Grant was arrested Sunday and charged with assault on a female and sexual battery. Bail was set at $5,000. Both of the charges are misdemeanors.
The Gaston Gazette reported Monday morning that Grant, 57, turned himself in at the Gaston County Magistrate’s Office just before 9 p.m. Sunday. The Gazette reported Grant denied all the charges, which he said stemmed from a Friday incident in which he went to a woman’s house to check for bed bugs as part of his business, Grant Exterminating Co.
He reportedly told the newspaper he saw no evidence of bed bugs inside the woman’s home, and checked her arms and back for bed bug bites but did not find any. The woman’s children were present, and he said the two were not behind closed doors at the time, reported the Gazette.
Grant’s Facebook page says he is married and is president of Grant Exterminating, which is based in Gastonia. Grant, a Republican, is one of two commissioners who represent the Gastonia Township on the board of county commissioners.