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Trial set for child molestation case

An Ottumwa teen facing serious child molestation charges now has a trial date.

However, whether that trial will be in a juvenile or adult court has yet to be decided.


Kraigen Grooms, 17, entered a written not-guilty plea Monday. Grooms is charged with molesting a two-year-old child. Online court records indicate that Judge Richard Meadows set a trial date for October 7.

However, the next stop for Grooms is a hearing on July 24. At that time, the court will hear a defense motion to have the trial moved to juvenile court.

Grooms was arrested in March 2014, after evidence surfaced that he committed a sex act with a two-year-old child. There is apparently videotaped evidence of the crime.

Grooms has remained in custody since his arrest on a $100,000 cash only bond.

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