A 22-year-old Indian Hills man was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended 5-year prison sentence for statutory sexual seduction and ordered “to keep your hands off children.”
District Judge Tod Young told Quincy Lee Grubenman he would not hesitate to send him to prison if he violates a single term of probation.
Grubenman admitted having sex with a 15-year-old girl whose family had offered him a place to live.
He must register as a sex offender, and will be under supervision by the state Parole and Probation department.
He also must adhere to a long list of restrictions which determine where he is allowed to live, and what kind of employment he can have.
The victim’s mother told the judge on Tuesday that her family felt betrayed and angered by Grubenman’s behavior.
“We welcomed him into our home,” she said. “He knew my daughter’s age upfront. When I found out what was going on, I was very angry, shocked and hurt. I believe we were manipulated. My daughter sees the truth behind what was going on.”
The woman said when Grubenman came to live with the family, she told him her daughter was “off limits.”
“She was 15. He was in his early 20s. There was no way that was going to be tolerated,” she said.
The woman said she and her family were “spiritual and believe in forgiveness. We want him to have a fulfilled life, a spiritual life.”
Prosecutor Erik Levin asked that probation include 30 days in Douglas County Jail.
“We still have an act that was a crime, a betrayal of trust. There should be an aspect of punishment,” Levin said.
Grubenman apologized for the crime.
“I know what I did was wrong legally and morally. I accept full responsibility,” he said.
Grubenman must successfully complete Western Regional Drug Court as part of his 5-year probation. He also has to undergo sex offender counseling.
“You took a child and forced her into adulthood. That was wrong,” Young said.
The judge said he agreed with an evaluation of Grubenman that described the defendant as reckless, self-absorbed and one who engaged in high-risk behavior.
Young said those traits made Grubenman a threat to himself and others.
“You can impose more difficulties on yourself, or start acting like a human being,” Young said.
Grubenman is forbidden to have contact with the victim. He faced up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.