This morning in Kosciusko County Superior Court 1, Brian Grosch, 36, Mentone, was given a 30-year sentence for molesting a young relative in July. However, only 25 years will be served in the Department of Corrections with the remaining five years to be served on probation. He was also given jail time credit of 199 days.
Grosch will also be required to register as a sex offender for life, have no direct or indirect contact with the victim and obtain an assessment from Bowen Center. The charge is a class A felony.
Judge David Cates recognized Grosch not having a criminal history and that he was remorseful for his actions. However, “the victim was a very young age and you were in a position of authority. You’re actions Mr. Grosch were frankly reprehensible.”
During this morning’s court hearing it was noted the matter was not reported immediately and that the court takes into consideration the age of the victim.
Jay Rigdon, attorney for Grosch, stated the legislation has made a determination on the advisory portion of the sentencing, but asked the court take a look at his repetitive conduct, which there is none. Rigdon stated he has had no prior criminal involvement. He also asked the court to consider a 20-year sentence as he chose not to go to trial to avoid putting the child through the proceedings.
Grosch was arrested in late July and charged with child molesting following a female victim’s claim that he violated her on at least three different occasions, which began when she was just 6 years old in 2006.
Child Protective Services were notified by the girl’s mother earlier in July about the alleged incidents, which involved Grosch performing oral sex on the girl, attempting to put his hand down her pants and exposing himself to her.
Grosch told Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Detective Todd Sautter that he in fact did perform oral sex on the girl and told her not to tell anyone.