Saturday, December 22, 2012

VA - Former Bedford County SRO (Earnest Grubbs) sentenced for sex with Liberty High School student

Earnest Grubbs
Original Article

12/21/2012

By SCOTT LEAMON

Lawyers for both the commonwealth and Earnest Grubbs agreed in court that Grubbs will leave the Blue Ridge Regional Jail's custody and be home tonight.

The victim in this case read a handwritten statement to the judge, James Updike.

She said it was a last minute decision to write the statement and testify.

The teen said she trusted Grubbs and told him many things in confidence.

"He kept telling me there wasn't anything wrong with what we were doing," she said, shedding tears.

The girl said Grubbs "robbed" her of her innocence and felt "taken advantage of."

She said Grubbs was very "controlling" and that she eventually felt "trapped."

To close the teenage girl said she was working on forgiveness but would never forget.

Roanoke County commonwealth's attorney Randy Leach, handling the case after Bedford County commonwealth's attorney Randy Krantz recused himself since Grubbs is an ex-Bedford County sheriff's deputy, called Grubbs a "master manipulator."

The girl's mother told Updike that she vehemently disagreed with the plea deal, which set Grubbs free after thirteen months in jail.

Updike asked Grubbs if he had anything to say before he signed off on the plea agreement.

Grubbs told Updike he did not.



Former Bedford County School Resource Officer (SRO) Earnest Grubbs will be released from prison, after a judge accepted his plea deal in a sex case with a Liberty High School student this afternoon (Friday).

The deal sentenced the former Liberty High School SRO to 13 months in jail, which is the time he has already served. Grubbs will also:

  • Be placed on supervised probation for five years
  • Be placed on electronic monitoring (essentially an ankle bracelet) indefinitely
  • Be placed on the sex offender registry

The plea deal involved Grubbs pleading guilty to five felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Grubbs denied having sex with the female student.

The prosecutor said at sentencing that Grubbs recognized an opportunity with the teen girl, after she started at Liberty High School following a tragedy in her family.

Investigators believe Grubbs became a mentor to the girl, then moved on to hugging, then kissing, and then in the Fall of 2011 having sex at Grubbs' home and school office.

Grubbs eventually drove off with the teen west, before being caught in Kentucky.

The teen's mother disagreed with the plea deal, and believes Grubbs should have received more jail time.

The teen herself read a statement at the hearing, claiming Grubbs manipulated her.



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