Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 25, 2012
Tooele man sentenced for sexting teen girl

A Tooele man has been sentenced to jail for exchanging sexual texts and pictures with a teenage girl.

Shane Grass, 43, was sentenced to a year in the Tooele County Detention Center, with credit given for 193 days previously served, and five years of probation in 3rd District Court Tuesday for two counts of enticing a minor over the Internet, a second-degree felony. He was also given two sentences of one to 15 years in prison, but both were suspended.

Grass was originally charged with eight counts of the crime in April for sending text messages of a sexual nature to a 14-year-old girl over the course of a year beginning in 2011, when she was 13. In the course of a month-long investigation, police interviewed the girl, who said Grass, the uncle of one of her friends, had come over to her house when her parents were not home, and the pair had held hands and kissed.

According to a police report, the girl said she believed they were in love, and that they had discussed marriage and having children. Grass told police he did not initially see any harm in talking to the girl, despite her age, and when they began exchanging text messages he was pretending to be his nephew, according to the report.

The investigation also revealed several pictures of the girl partially naked, and several shots of her in different bikinis. Police began their investigation in March after the girl’s parents discovered their daughter was talking to Grass, whom they had forbidden her to have contact with the year before.

As part of a plea agreement, Grass pleaded guilty to two of the eight counts in August, and the other six were dismissed. His sentence began Tuesday.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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