A former Bedford County Sheriff's deputy is set to be a free man, after admitting his guilt in a child sex case.
E.W. Grubbs was convicted in court on five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor Friday. He was sentenced to 10 years, but the sentence was suspended. Grubbs had been in jail for 13 months. He is now free from jail. Grubbs was a school resource officer at Liberty High School.
The victim's family expressed disappointment with Grubbs' sentence. The victim, who was 16 when she was found in Kentucky with Grubbs, made a statement in court Friday saying that Grubbs controlled every aspect of her life for eight months.
"This is a very manipulative man who took advantage of a very vulnerable girl. With some evidentiary problems we had, I just felt like this was the best way to handle it,” prosecutor Randy Leach said.
Once Grubbs is released, he will have to undergo GPS monitoring for an indefinite period of time, will be on supervised probation for five years, and will have to register as a sex offender evaluation. He also has to live outside of Bedford County until the GPS monitoring device is installed, and is not allowed to have contact with the victim.
A few weeks after being charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, Grubbs fled the state to Kentucky where he was found with the 16-year-old girl in November of 2011.
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