RealGrinders’ Raymond Davis Denies Child Sex Crime Charges in Jailhouse Interview
Raymond Davis, a 52-year-old poker pro with more than $1.6 million in tournament earnings known for establishing the 18,000-member strong poker group RealGrinders, currently sits in a Las Vegas jail facing nine charges stemming from accusations of sex crimes against children.
Davis allegedly paid an underage girl, whom he met on Facebook, for oral sex at his home some years ago. Her friend also alleges Davis paid them to shower together for his amusement.
“I have never, never in my life, paid a girl, underage woman, girl for sex."
In a jailhouse interview with 8NewsNow and Vanessa Murphy of their investigative “I-Team,” Davis categorically denied the charges.
In the video interview, which you can watch here, Davis admits to visiting massage parlors and picking up girls off Craigslist but denies any involvement with underage females.
“I have never, never in my life, paid a girl, underage woman, girl for sex,” he said.
Why Wasn’t He Arrested Sooner?
The investigative new report also revealed that Davis wasn’t arrested by police for two and a half years. In fact, a warrant was issued in September 2016 and he wasn’t picked up until April of this year after a traffic stop.
“They never made an effort to come to my house,” said Davis, who operated a RealGrinders Lounge across the street from the Rio and is active on social media. “They never came to my store. I’m very high profile; anybody, a 10-year-old Boy Scout can find me.
"I got a big following. I’m on social media. My whereabouts is there. I got a custom red Camaro, my name on it, my business RG on it.”
The I-Team revealed that the Metro detective investigating the case never tried to personally apprehend Davis and that it was referred to The Criminal Apprehension Team a month later. Seven months after that, it was also added to a national crime database.
“If there was an arrest warrant, and I was a danger to the community, why wouldn’t they come and get me?”
“If they would have sent me a subpoena saying I had a warrant, I would have just went downtown or turned myself in, went to court, paid bail, whatever,” Davis said.
Originally booked back in April, Davis was released on a $25,000 bond. However, things got worse after he opted to represent himself in court and made allegations against the judge and prosecutors. Given his prior run-ins with the law and citing inappropriate behavior in the courtroom, Judge Jacqueline Bluth upped the bond to $500,000, which subsequently landed Davis back in jail.
“From day one, it has been total bias against me,” Davis said. “If there was an arrest warrant, and I was a danger to the community, why wouldn’t they come and get me?”
The I-Team inquired with Metro police as to why it took so long to make an arrest but weren’t given an answer given it’s “an ongoing criminal investigation.”
For now, Davis currently sits in jail awaiting his February trial date.