Man accused of sex crimes avoids court appearance |

Man accused of sex crimes avoids court appearance

The arraignment of a Grass Valley man accused of 17 counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse was postponed Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Gregory Jackson Rayburn, 54, did not appear in court Friday for his scheduled 1:30 p.m. arraignment, according to Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Tanisha Worthy.

Instead, Sacramento attorney Krista Daly appeared for Rayburn and was granted her request to postpone Rayburn’s arraignment until March 14, Worthy said.

Special appearances by attorneys at arraignments in place of the defendant often happens when the attorney and client have not yet come to an agreement about representation, she added.

Rayburn remains in Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $120,000 bail, Worthy said Friday evening. He is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. March 14 in Sacramento County Superior Court, Dept. 3.

Two 17-year-old girls and two 16-year-old girls allege Rayburn encouraged them to dress in military-style clothing altered to be sexually provacative, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Curran.

The girls said Rayburn spoke to them in an inappropriate sexual manner, he photographed them and touched them inappropriately, Curran said.

The incidents occured at Rio Vista Americano High School, where he was a history teacher, during the 2006-2007 school year, the girls allege.

Rayburn has been accused of similar inappropriate behavior before, Curran said.

Two teen girls at Bella Vista High School accused him of similar behavior in 2005, while Rayburn was never charged.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrested Rayburn at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at his home on the 100 block of Appleton Street in Grass Valley, Curran said.

Grass Valley police officers accompanied the deputies during the arrest, Grass Valley police Capt. Dave Remillard said.

Rayburn was arrested on suspicion of 15 counts of child annoyance and two counts of sexual battery, all misdemeanors.

A Nevada Union High School graduate, Rayburn served in Iraq as an Army National Guard master sergeant from September 2003 until April 2004, according to an interview with The Union shortly after his return.

He provided security for some of the 8,000 prisoners in Abu-Ghraib prison in a minimum security area separate from where abuse was reported, Rayburn said.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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