Ottumwa teen to be charged as adult in child molestation case

<span id="bIImageViewer_CaptionTextID">Kraigen A. Grooms, 17</span>

An Ottumwa teen facing serious child molestation charges will be tried as an adult.

Kraigen A. Grooms, 17, was arrested in March 2014 and charged as an adult with one count of sexual abuse.

Grooms' attorney had asked the court that the case be transferred to juvenile court. Last week, Judge Myron Gookin denied that request.

In his ruling, Judge Gookin said the adult court system provided a more effective sexual offender program.

Putting Grooms in the juvenile program would increase the likelihood of his re-offending. That in turn puts the community at greater risk.

Judge Gookin also cited the seriousness of the offense and Groomsâ?? prior brushes with juvenile authorities.

Law enforcement told KTVO in March that there is videotape evidence of Grooms sexually assaulting a one-year-old child.

An Oct. 7 trial date is set for Grooms.

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