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October 17, 2013

Man heads to court in 2 sex abuse cases

Allegations stem from events years ago

JOHNSTOWN — Two boys endured years of abuse at the hands of a Lorain man they trusted, authorities allege.

Now the man will stand trial for sexually assaulting the boys, one of whom is now 30 years old.

Michael Kenneth Grimm, 53, of the 200 block of Lunen Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in two cases from 2005 and 1996.

“One of the victims is still a child and the other case involves an individual who was victimized as a child and has come forward as an adult,” Assistant District Attorney Beth Bolton Penna said.

City police accuse Grimm of repeatedly raping one boy from 2005 to 2007, then giving him gifts to keep him quiet. He also allegedly put a gun to the boy’s head to frighten him into remaining silent, police said. The incidents allegedly took place at Grimm’s home.

“The victim was in a terrible position,” Bolton Penna said. “A gun was held to his head and he was told not to tell anyone.”

The boy told police Grimm gave him a dirt bike and toys to keep him from telling.

Grimm once hit him in the knee with a hammer as a punishment, the boy told a detective.

Grimm is charged with three counts each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, incest, child endangerment and corruption of minors. He also faces four counts of indecent assault with a person younger than 13.

In the other case, Grimm allegedly forced a teenager into oral sex and fondled the boy at various locations in Bedford and Cambria counties in

1996 and 1997.

Current law allows a sexual assault victim to come forward until the age of 50, city Juvenile Detective Julie Wagner said.

“Decades have passed, and he continued to victimize children,” Bolton Penna said.

In that case, Grimm is charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of indecent assault and four counts each of corruption of minors and child endangerment.

He appeared before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury and was returned to the Cambria County Prison where he is being held on $150,000 bond.

Grimm is being represented in both cases by Public Defender Richard Messina of Johnstown who declined to comment.

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