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Child molester to be sentenced Tuesday

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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.

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batya
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batya 01/16/12 - 06:54 pm
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Good for the jury for not

Good for the jury for not wasting time! I'm sure he'll receive much of the same in prison as he did to those poor girls.

formerlawman1217
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formerlawman1217 01/16/12 - 06:58 pm
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1st stike mistrial, haha

1st stike mistrial, haha second trial = life in prison. guess the term pyscho really applies to this guy he was given a second chance but just couldnt stay away from kids what a sick man.

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my.voice 01/16/12 - 07:08 pm
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See ya later.....uhhhh,

See ya later.....uhhhh, never!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/16/12 - 08:20 pm
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1,000,000 years would be a

1,000,000 years would be a good start. But just a start.

WAG
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WAG 01/17/12 - 08:30 am
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Death would have been better.

Death would have been better. These kids will never be the same!

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