Waco man gets 90 years for sexual assault of teen

The Associated Press

Updated: 12:51 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

WACO, Texas — A former teacher who briefly worked for Child Protective Services was sentenced to 90 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen he met while they were acting in a community play.

Clifton Grasham-Reeves, a former high school English teacher who regularly performed in Waco Civic Theatre productions, was convicted of four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

After jurors recommended 20 years for each sexual assault charge and five years for each indecency charge, state District Judge Ralph Strother on Friday ordered Grasham-Reeves to serve the sentences consecutively, the Waco Herald-Tribune reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/tdzDvX ). Grasham-Reeves, 32, must serve at least 45 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

Defense attorneys Jonathan Sibley, Rob Swanton and Phil Frederick said they were disappointed in the verdict. They declined to discuss the verdict further.

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