Sexual Assault Charge not First for Red Cross Worker

By: Jeremy Ross
By: Jeremy Ross

Nelson Graves, an American Red Cross worker on paid leave, was charged with sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy. But the current superintendent of a school he taught at says he was convicted of criminal sexual assault, or improper touching, in 1994.

David Campbell, Olivet Community Schools Superintendent, says Graves was accused of sexual assault in 1983 and later convicted in 1984. Graves resigned from the school following allegations.

Police say the most recent assault was on a young boy whose family he was helping while employed at The Red Cross.

News 10 contacted The American Red Cross to ask about hiring and employee screening policies, but the organization did not return repeated phone calls.

Graves also worked at Catholic Social Services of Lansing/St. Vincent Home.

That organization issued a press release saying they check the background of employees using the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry upon initial employment.

Graves was hired in 1988 according to Catholic Social Services of Lansing/St. Vincent Home.

The Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry was first posted online in October of 1995.


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