Robert Gruka will be sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty last week of all charges on a 14-count indictment that included child molestation, rape and incest. The guilty verdict was returned last Wednesday after 12 minutes of deliberation.
Over a three-day trial, jurors heard graphic testimony from the five girls investigators say Gruka molested as pre-teens. One of the children said she attempted to call 9-1-1 after one instance of molestation, but got no further than dialing “9” before Gruka snatched the phone away.
He was also convicted of five misdemeanor counts of contributing to the deliquency of a minor after the girls said he supplied them cigarettes and Kool-Aid spiked with vodka.
This was the second trial for Gruka after his first ended in a mistrial in September. He faces up to life in prison for the crimes.