MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Gary Grubb, 52, of Bethel Township, to spend eight years in prison on three felonly counts of gross sexual imposition of a minor under the age of 13 on Thursday.
Grubb’s attorney Scott Kelly said he “believes (Grubb) is truly remorseful in this matter.”
Crying and visibly upset Grubb struggled to speak at first, but said “there’s no excuse” for his conduct. He also said he couldn’t think of what was going on in the victim’s head currently and he loves children. Grubb said his conduct had never happened before or since the incidents regarding the victim, who was 9 years old at the time.
“It was unacceptable and I’m sorry,” said Grubb in closing.
Grubb entered a plea of guilty to three counts of third-degree felony gross sexual impositions in a plea agreement with the state to drop one count of felony rape.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins agreed with Grubb, stating, “The defendant said it best that there is no excuse.”
Watkins commended the detective work of Miami County Sheriff’s Office Det. Todd Cooper. Grubb confessed to the gross sexual impositions allegations, which occurred in his home in 2011.
Watkins reprimanded the victim’s mother whom he claimed impeded the case by refusing to allow the victim to have contact with the prosecutor’s office. The victim did not attend the sentencing hearing.
Judge Pratt upheld the joint recommendation of a total of eight years on three counts of third degree felony gross sexual imposition. Grubb was granted 196 days of jail time credit and will serve five years of mandatory post-release control. Grubb was also labeled as a Tier II sex offender and must register every 180 days in-person for the next 25 years.
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt revoked bond for a Bethel Township man who violated the no-contact order right outside the courtroom on Thursday.
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