Update: RELEASED. Thanks to an appeals
court ruling the life sentence given to child rapist and admitted
pedophile Ronald Gross was overturned. He was then given a seven
year stated sentence. Gross is now back on the streets.
A Failed Justice System
raped one little girl and attempted to rape two more girls while
on parole. An appeals court ruling has now put him back on the
Stated Sentence (2004):
Yes/ 5 years
1980 Gross went to prison for raping a 12-year-old girl he picked
up while driving his car. Gross
received a 7 to 25-year prison term and was paroled after serving
only 11 years.
· Less than a year after being
released Gross was brought back to prison again for trying to lure
a young girl into his car
while she was on her way to church. Gross went back to prison for
violating his parole and served 11 more years. Gross was then paroled
· Within a year after being
paroled a second time Gross was brought back in for his latest
· In that crime Gross attempted
to lure a 10-year-old girl outside a department store so he could
have sex with her.
· The victim in this case testified
that she was terrified of Gross.
· At trial the prosecutor stated, "He
is an individual who derives sexual gratification from young girls.
He is a textbook
sexually violent offender,"
· At sentencing Judge Guy Reece stated, "The nature
of the sentence itself, had it been carried out, would have become
a violent offense. The harm to this child was significant." It
took Judge Reece 10 minutes to convict Gross of the charges. He then
sentence Gross to 7 years to life in prison. He also labeled Gross
a sexually violent predator.
· In 2004 a three-judge panel overturned Reece’s
decision, which resulted in Gross getting a seven year stated sentence.
is now a free man.
· During trial the prosecutor asked Gross “"You
like little girls, don't you? You want to have sex with them?" Gross
responded, “"Yes, I do. I'm not proud of it,"
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