Teen escapes prison after raping toddler, posting footage online

Teen escapes prison after raping toddler, posting footage online

According to KTVO, Kraigen Grooms was just 17-years-old when he was arrested for sexually assaulting a 1-year-old child.

Grooms pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a lascivious act with a child in July.

The sentence may seem distressingly light to people following the case, but Wapellow County Attorney Gary Oldenburger offered justification, ABC News reported.

Olbenburger said that while he understands the outrage around Grooms' slap-on-the-wrist sentence, the youth had already spent 860 days in jail when he was sentenced and he will have to remain on a sex offender registry for the rest of his life. However, at the time, Grooms believed he was speaking with a teenage girl, Oldenburger said. Officials say there was also video evidence of the abuse.

Since the sentencing, a petition has been started on whitehouse.gov asking that Judge Randy DeGeest be fired. In 2014, Grooms was identified and charged in a federal investigation into a child pornography distribution ring. The sentence was given by Judge Myron Gookin in the Wapello County Courthouse.

The parents' wishes, the attorney said, were "one of the most significant factors affecting the outcome of this case".

Grooms was 16 when he carried out the assault on an unnamed toddler. This means that as long as Iowa teen Kraigen Grooms doesn't violate the terms of his probation, he won't see the inside of a prison cell again for his crime.

He said "certain websites" who described what Grooms did as "raping a toddler" had gotten it wrong. "Grooms was evaluated by an expert psychologist who has decades of experience in evaluating and treating sex offenders, and was not considered a high risk for committing future offenses", he added. "The child was not injured, no pain was inflicted, and the child was too young to be even aware of what was happening". He was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, which is considered a Class B Felony in Iowa, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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