Rock Hill sex-conduct suspect owned business, has criminal history in Calif.

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 10, 2014 

The Rock Hill man arrested and accused this week of having sex with a 15-year-old girl runs a local computer repair business that offers in-home services and he has prior sexual misconduct convictions in Los Angeles County, Calif., The Herald learned Friday.

Gregory Edward Madden, 52, of 1192 Westover Circle, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, second degree, according to Rock Hill Police records. Police arrested Madden on Wednesday, after a month-long investigation that began in December 2013.

Madden is listed in the State Law Enforcement Division’s online database of registered sexual offenders. He has no prior criminal charges in South Carolina, according to SLED records.

A York mother first reported the alleged sexual acts on Dec. 18, 2013. She brought her teenage daughter to the Rock Hill Police Department, where the girl told detectives that Madden forced her to have sex with him at his home, according to a police report.

After his arrest, Madden was held on a $250,000 bond at the York County Detention Center. Jail officials said he was released after posting bond around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police charged Madden after investigating the 15-year-old girl’s report that he forced her to have sex with him three times between April 2012 and July 2013, according to police records.

Madden has prior convictions for similar crimes near Claremont, Calif., Los Angeles County Superior Court officials told The Herald by phone on Friday.

He faced 11 counts of sex-related charges with a minor in February 1990, court records show. The violations, according to court officials, happened in 1986.

He was later convicted on several, but not all, of the charges, court officials said. Further information about Madden’s criminal conviction in California was not available because court officials said the records are archived and not accessible without appearing in person, with special permission.

Law enforcement agencies in the state of California are not required by law to release individuals’ criminal history.

City of Rock Hill records show that Madden’s business license to run GEM Systems expired in early 2013. The computer business’ website and S.C. Secretary of State business filing records show Madden as the owner of GEM Systems, located at the same address of his home on Westover Circle.

Efforts to reach Madden on Friday were unsuccessful. The Herald left a message for him with a man who identified himself as a GEM Systems employee. Madden also could not be reached for comment at his home.

GEM Systems provides a variety of computer and technological services, according to its website. Part of its service includes visiting customers in their home or business, the website states.

On the business’ website, Madden is described as having formerly served in the military on the “commandant’s staff.” He was honorably discharged, the website states, and attended Mt. San Antonio College in California.

The Herald was unable to confirm Madden’s military service on Friday.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068