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Rev. Nathaniel T. Grady Sr.

Wrong Rev. Nathaniel T. Grady Sr.?

Pastor

Phone: (310) ***-****  HQ Phone
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Avenue
Westchester, California 90045
United States

 
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Employment History

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Brooklyn Criminal Defense Lawyer :: Just Who is the Victim Here? :: Bronx Criminal Attorney
sexcrimes.zmolaw.com, 3 Jan 2008 [cached]
At age 46, Grady was a newly appointed pastor at Westchester United Methodist Church, just off Westchester Square in Zerega, a middle-income, ethnically diverse section of the Bronx. He had an office in the squat brick building behind the church that housed the day care center. From time to time he would poke his head in and say hello to the kids. At Christmas, he dressed up as Santa Claus. He is tall, bald and bearded, normally dressing in the black frock of his profession.
Grady, who is from the City of Yonkers just north of the Bronx, was well-known in the community. He had been an ordained minister since 1957. He was a police captain and instructor in the Yonkers Police Department. He led youth programs, civil rights activities and was chairman of the board of St. Joseph's Hospital. He had a wife and two children of his own. Though he was new around Zerega at the time of the accusations, he had professional contacts and experience with children stretching back nearly 30 years.
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They seem to have focused on Grady as the suspect by process of elimination. The vague, contradictory descriptions the children were giving didn't really fit anyone else and, they argued, Grady was around enough to have had the opportunity. The children's teachers said there was an adult with them virtually all the time; that Grady was never left alone with the children.
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One of the teachers, Ilse Lorenz, said the district attorney's office brought pressure on her to implicate Grady.
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Grady showed up three times on the tapes in a one-month, 640-hour period. But he made "no overt sexual advances."
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When detectives from the district attorney's office wanted to interview Grady, he was happy to comply. He did not ask for a lawyer and offered to take a lie detector test, but the prosecutors declined (he later passed a polygraph test administered privately by Nat Laurendi, a well-known expert; prosecutors were not interested). On October 10, 1984, a Bronx grand jury indicted Nathaniel Grady on 42 counts of sexually abusing children.
4. The 1984 indictment, further explained by a "bill of particulars," contains a fatal flaw that should have sprung Grady from jail already, according to his lawyer, Joel Rudin.
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Instead, it alleges a "continuous course of conduct," by Grady over time.
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Around the time Grady was brought to trial, four other Bronx day care center workers were indicted and convicted of abusing children.
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If a ruling by a Federal court in June stands, Grady may go free as well.
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We will never know, exactly, if that's what happened here, but we do know that none of the kids could identify Grady in the courtroom without prompting. We know that the children and their families became close to the district attorneys. We know that some of the kids were interviewed 40 or 50 times before the case was brought.
The charges against Grady required shaking the very core of how we look at the world.
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The Federal court remanded the case to the state courts, saying that if they do not rule in 60 days, Grady will be freed.
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Grady himself has affected a gracious resignation. He tells the newspapers that he is grateful for all that has been done for him, that the Methodist leadership has stuck by him (he is on leave of absence), that his friends have not believed the charges. He serves as a prison chaplain and, apparently, is not subject to the abuse most child molesters get from fellow inmates.
"I'm still operating in numbness," Grady told a former colleague of mine at the Daily News.
COSA NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 1997
nzmera.50megs.com, 1 Jan 2001 [cached]
Nathaniel Grady, Sr, 59, was one of five men found guilty of sexually abusing children at a Bronx day care center in the mid-1980s.The convictions of the other four had been reversed in court earlier.Last week his conviction for sexually abusing six children was overturned by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.Grady had spent 10 years in prison before he was freed in July 1996 pending his appeal.
Grady, former pastor of a Yonkers church and a one-time chaplain with the Yonkers Police Department, said that even during the darkest moments of his imprisonment, he believed he would be vindicated.He was charged with the five others in 1984 of raping and sodomising six children at city-funded day care centers in the Bronx.
COSA NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 1997
www.zohrab.org, 2 Feb 2000 [cached]
Nathaniel Grady, Sr, 59, was one of five men found guilty of sexually abusing children at a Bronx day care center in the mid-1980s.The convictions of the other four had been reversed in court earlier.Last week his conviction for sexually abusing six children was overturned by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.Grady had spent 10 years in prison before he was freed in July 1996 pending his appeal.
Grady, former pastor of a Yonkers church and a one-time chaplain with the Yonkers Police Department, said that even during the darkest moments of his imprisonment, he believed he would be vindicated.He was charged with the five others in 1984 of raping and sodomising six children at city-funded day care centers in the Bronx.
FMS Foundation Newsletter, Vol 7 No. 8, April 1998
www.fmsfonline.org, 1 April 1998 [cached]
Pastor Nathaniel Grady and his charming wife at the January 1997 conference in Salem, Mass commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Day of Contrition. What a difference time (thanks to the FMSF and the
Brooklyn Criminal Defense Lawyer :: Just Who is the Victim Here? :: Bronx Criminal Attorney
sexcrimes.zmolaw.com, 17 Sept 2006 [cached]
At age 46, Grady was a newly appointed pastor at Westchester United Methodist Church, just off Westchester Square in Zerega, a middle-income, ethnically diverse section of the Bronx.He had an office in the squat brick building behind the church that housed the day care center.From time to time he would poke his head in and say hello to the kids.At Christmas, he dressed up as Santa Claus.He is tall, bald and bearded, normally dressing in the black frock of his profession.
Grady, who is from the City of Yonkers just north of the Bronx, was well-known in the community.He had been an ordained minister since 1957.He was a police captain and instructor in the Yonkers Police Department.He led youth programs, civil rights activities and was chairman of the board of St. Joseph's Hospital.He had a wife and two children of his own.Though he was new around Zerega at the time of the accusations, he had professional contacts and experience with children stretching back nearly 30 years.
...
They seem to have focused on Grady as the suspect by process of elimination.The vague, contradictory descriptions the children were giving didn't really fit anyone else and, they argued, Grady was around enough to have had the opportunity.The children's teachers said there was an adult with them virtually all the time; that Grady was never left alone with the children.
...
One of the teachers, Ilse Lorenz, said the district attorney's office brought pressure on her to implicate Grady.
...
Grady showed up three times on the tapes in a one-month, 640-hour period.But he made "no overt sexual advances."
...
When detectives from the district attorney's office wanted to interview Grady, he was happy to comply.He did not ask for a lawyer and offered to take a lie detector test, but the prosecutors declined (he later passed a polygraph test administered privately by Nat Laurendi, a well-known expert; prosecutors were not interested).On October 10, 1984, a Bronx grand jury indicted Nathaniel Grady on 42 counts of sexually abusing children.
4.The 1984 indictment, further explained by a "bill of particulars," contains a fatal flaw that should have sprung Grady from jail already, according to his lawyer, Joel Rudin.
...
Instead, it alleges a "continuous course of conduct," by Grady over time.
...
Around the time Grady was brought to trial, four other Bronx day care center workers were indicted and convicted of abusing children.
...
If a ruling by a Federal court in June stands, Grady may go free as well.
5.We know more now.
No one kept records of the interviews of the children by officials in the Bronx cases, but in other cases around the country, the transcripts of those interviews destroy the prosecution's case.In the two most notorious, the Margaret Kelly Michaels case in New Jersey, and the McMartin case in California, it is clear that overzealous prosecutors put words in children's mouths.We will never know, exactly, if that's what happened here, but we do know that none of the kids could identify Grady in the courtroom without prompting.We know that the children and their families became close to the district attorneys.We know that some of the kids were interviewed 40 or 50 times before the case was brought.
The charges against Grady required shaking the very core of how we look at the world.
...
The Federal court remanded the case to the state courts, saying that if they do not rule in 60 days, Grady will be freed.
...
Grady himself has affected a gracious resignation.He tells the newspapers that he is grateful for all that has been done for him, that the Methodist leadership has stuck by him (he is on leave of absence), that his friends have not believed the charges.He serves as a prison chaplain and, apparently, is not subject to the abuse most child molesters get from fellow inmates.
"I'm still operating in numbness," Grady told a former colleague of mine at the Daily News.
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