Aug 1, 2014 8:19 PM
A Cottonwood man is being charged with molesting a 16-year old relative for years.
40-year old Gordon Grissom was arraigned inside a Shasta County courtroom this afternoon --
According to Sheriff's detectives, Grissom is not only accused of sexually abusing a family member, but he could also be the father of the victim's 11-month old baby.
"This is one of the most disturbing cases in my 7 years working as detective."
Grissom is being accused of sexually abusing a 16-year old family member for the last four years.
"The relative of the victim is the reporting party...I'm not sure how they learned of the incident, but they did contact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office when they learned about it."
In an interview on Wednesday, the victim gave detectives a detailed and gruesome account of what Grissom did to her from the time she was 12.
The Sheriff's Office counted a total of 50 acts of sexual misconduct.
"The nature of the charges are very serious, and he would have significant exposure in state prison if convicted."
Grissom admitted he was having a sexual relationship with the victim and even went so far as to tell detectives he could be her baby's father.
"We believe there was sexual contact up until a few weeks prior to this being reported...the evidence I can't really speak of due to the ongoing investigation..."
At Wednesday's town hall meeting, Chief Paoletti said rape is the most under-reported crime.
Detective Randall stressed how important it is to speak out if you've been sexually abused.
"Whether it's a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a family member or a friend, always report it and I would encourage victims to come forward with that information just for the simple fact of having compassion..."
One Safe Place is currently the only shelter in Shasta County for abused women and children --
The organization tries to help battered women any way they can.
"We'll help rape victims by putting them into a protective shelter...we'll give them the support and guidance they need...we'll stand by them in court, we'll help out with restraining orders, we'll get them counseling...we'll get crime assistance involved..."
Detective Randall says the victim and her baby are in a safe place, but one of the big questions the Sheriff's Office wants answered is why it took so long for the abuse to be reported.