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Grooms Pleads Guilty, Out of Jail Pending Sentencing

By Ellis Codjoe, July 26, 2016

More than two years after his arrest for molesting a toddler, Kraigen Grooms, 19, has plead guilty to a lesser charge of Lascivious Acts with a child.

Grooms was in court Monday where he changed his original plea of not guilty. Lascivious Acts with a Child is a class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Grooms was originally charged with Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree, a class B felony which could have carried a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

It’s unclear is the sudden change in plea was a part of a plea-bargain negotiated with the Wapello County Attorney’s Office. County Attorney Gary Oldenburger was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

Grooms is scheduled to be sentenced on September 12th. Until that time, he’s been released from the Wapello County Jail after serving more than two years pre-trial confinement. Prior to his release, his bond had been set at $100,000 cash only.

Grooms will be required to wear a GPS monitor during pre-sentencing release.

Grooms was charged in 2014 after federal investigators uncovered a video of him abusing a one year old child. He was 17 years old at the time of his arrest.

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