Local man chargedwith lewd behaviortoward area minor

By Kathleen Guill - kguill@civitasmedia.com

Frederick police Capt. Joe Rodriquez responded to a call about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at 1613 N. 13th St. in Frederick.

According to police records, Rodriquez made contact with a concerned father, who informed Rodriquez that his 15-year-old daughter had been grounded from her cellphone. While she was grounded, the girl’s stepmother found inappropriate messages and pictures on the phone.

The father questioned his daughter and she told him that the pictures and messages were between her and an adult male, later identified as Gregory Don Jeffcoat, police said. Upon further questioning, the minor admitted to having sexual intercourse with the suspect.

Rodriquez questioned the minor and obtained a written statement from her. The minor said that she knew Jeffcoat through her parents. The minor also said that she and Jeffcoat began talking on Facebook messenger about March. She said they have sent inappropriate pictures and messages to each other about sexual things and they discussed having sexual intercourse.

The minor said that on or about Sept. 3, Jeffcoat asked her to come to his house on Millicent Avenue in Frederick. Once she arrived, the minor said they talked for a while before they went to Jeffcoat’s bedroom where they had sex.

At about 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Rodriquez, Frederick Assistant Police Chief Karlton Trim and Cpl. Jason Brown gathered at the suspect’s home on Millicent Avenue with a search warrant allowing the officers to take all of the electronics from the residence, including cellphones, tablets and computers. Jeffcoat handed over his cellphone, work cellphone and several tablets, police said.

Rodriquez told the suspect that he needed to speak with him about this allegation made against him and asked if he would accompany him to the police station. Jeffcoat willingly agreed and after waiting for his father to arrive to watch his children, Rodriquez drove the suspect to the station.

After arriving at the police station, Rodriquez read the suspect his Miranda rights. Jeffcoat said that he wanted to cooperate and he waived his rights. During the interview, Jeffcoat admitted to exchanging inappropriate messages and pictures with the minor. Jeffcoat offered to show Rodriquez the pictures on his phone so Rodriquez gave Jeffcoat a consent to search form and explained what the form was and Jeffcoat willingly signed it.

According to police, Jeffcoat showed Rodriquez the pictures and eventually admitted to having sex with the minor at his home, and he signed a written statement admitting to everything he’d told Rodriquez.

The phones and other items were logged into evidence and Rodriquez placed Jeffcoat under arrest and booked him into the Tillman County Jail where he was charged with statutory rape, lewd and indecent proposals to a minor and possession of child pornography.

Jeffcoat was released on bond the same day he was arrested.

By Kathleen Guill


Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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