Police arrest known sex offender after incident at Royal Oak ice arena

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 3, 2020

 John Gilpin

John Gilpin


ROYAL OAK — A 60-year-old Eastpointe man who is a registered sex offender is behind bars after he allegedly exposed himself to a 13-year-old boy in a children’s locker room at the John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd., near Crooks and 13 Mile roads, Dec. 10.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said Graham John Gilpin signed in under a fake name because his real name is included on a list of sexual offenders who are banned from the ice arena, as well as a handful of other ice arenas in the area.

Carter said Gilpin walked into a locker room for ages 17 and younger and closed the door. Inside, Gilpin allegedly removed his clothing from the waist down, exposing himself to the sole occupant of the locker room, the 13-year-old boy.

“He asked him some questions, like was he there alone and did his mom drop him off,” Carter said. “(The minor) just exited the locker room to skate, and it ended up that his mother was there.”

Carter said the front desk attendant then recognized that Gilpin was not supposed to be inside the facility, and the attendant entered the locker room and asked Gilpin to leave.

“We were notified and we did our investigation, leading to the arrest,” Carter said. “We were really happy the clerk was very responsive and let us know.”

He said Gilpin is a lifetime sex offender with a lengthy criminal history who was paroled from prison March 13, 2019. Gilpin’s criminal history includes multiple convictions over 20 years for aggravated indecent exposure and gross indecency, lewd and lascivious conduct, and indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person.

On Dec. 20, 44th District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Gilpin on one count of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, and one count of trespassing, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Chisholm set Gilpin’s bond at $100,000, no 10%. If he were to post bond, Chisholm mandated that Gilpin must stay away from any park, school, nature center or sports facility where minors are present, as well as wear a GPS tether.

Gilpin was scheduled for a preliminary examination at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, after press time, before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke.

Thomas R. Everett, Gilpin’s defense attorney, did not return a request for comment by press time.