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FAIRFIELD — When Kraigen Grooms was charged in January with failing to keep his registration with the state’s sex offender registry current, it led Wapello County authorities to seek revocation of his probation. Now, Grooms has pleaded guilty to the registry violation.

The two issues are separate in the courts. The registry violation was charged in Jefferson County, where Grooms currently lives. The original case, in which Grooms was given a 10-year suspended sentence for lascivious acts with a child, was in Wapello County.

Grooms, 22, was 19 when he was sentenced. He is classed as a Tier III offender, which requires quarterly updates to his information for the state’s registry. That’s the most frequent update required under Iowa law, though the registry notes tiers apply only to update frequencies — not the severity of the offense.

The guilty plea was filed this week. Failure to follow the registry requirements is an aggravated misdemeanor. Such a charge carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison.

Grooms’ revocation hearing in Wapello County is scheduled for April 8.

In other area cases:

Ryan Gillen is scheduled for a plea hearing on April 8 on charges of controlled substance violation and a separate drug and firearms case.

The court granted a motion to compel witness testimony in Sandra Amos’ sexual abuse case. The motion was sought by prosecutors after a potential witness said a subpoena would not be sufficient.

Michael Lawhon was found guilty of assault while committing a felony. Charges of robbery and theft were dismissed, as was a separate contraband case.


Managing Editor

Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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