Grubb Sentenced to Prison for Child Abduction

Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

On May 31, 2016, William F. Grubb was sentenced in Watauga County Superior Court for one count of abduction of a child, two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, one count of attempted first degree kidnapping, and one count of indecent exposure.

Grubb MugshotIn December of 2014 Grubb lured a 5 year-old girl into the bathroom at the Michael’s store in Boone.  Grubb then exposed himself to the victim and asked her to perform a sex act.  When she refused, Grubb then asked the victim to undress.

Before Grubb could take any further action, the victim’s mother was heard calling for her daughter, and the victim was released.  Grubb was apprehended in the parking lot of the store by officers with the Boone Police Department as he tried to flee the scene.

The Honorable Alan Z. Thornburg, Superior Court Judge, sentenced Grubb to serve a minimum of 5 years and 4 months, and maximum of 11 years and 5 months in prison.  Judge Thornburg also made the finding that Grubb was a Sexually Violent Predator.  After his release from prison, Mr. Grubb must register as a sex offender and be subject to GPS monitoring for life.  Additionally, the Court issued a permanent no contact order between Mr. Grubb and the victim.

“This is every parent’s worst nightmare,” District Attorney Seth Banks said in a statement. “I am thankful that we were able to work side by side with the victim and her parents to bring closure to this case and take another predator off the street.  The courage of the victim, and that of her family, represents a beacon of light in this dark and dangerous situation.  I appreciate the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp and Detective David Osborne with the Boone Police Department in bringing William Grubb to justice.”

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