Ottumwa sex offender arrested after violating registry requirement


    An Ottumwa man convicted of sexually abusing a toddler has been arrested again.

    According to court records, Kraigen Grooms has now been charged with Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry.

    He was taken into custody on Wednesday in Jefferson County.

    According to the court documents, Grooms was required to register in December as a resident of Jefferson County and failed to do so.

    Grooms was just 17 years old in 2014 when he was arrested after evidence surfaced that he had videotaped himself sexually abusing the child.

    He was originally charged with Second-Degree Sexual Abuse, which would have meant serious prison time.

    However, in September 2016, Grooms reached a plea deal that allowed him to avoid time behind bars.

    Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger told KTVO at the time, the plea agreement was reached with the approval of the victim's family.

    The new charge is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison.

    Grooms has been released on bond.

    His next scheduled court appearance is set for January 29, 2019.

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