US national sentenced to 3 years in jail for sexual abuse of Russian adoptee
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19 (RAPSI) – U.S. citizen Michael Grismore, who had been indicted on five counts involving the beating and sexual abuse of his Russian-born adopted daughter Ksenia Antonova, was sentenced to three years in jail, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday, citing a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office of the Cherokee County Court in Georgia.
Grismore has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of the child.
The court also prohibited Grismore from coming into contact with Ksenia for life.
Ksenia was adopted by Marta Blanford in 2001, who gave up her parental rights in 2009. The child was then adopted by the woman’s sister and her husband, Michael Grismore.
Russia's children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said after the tragedy that had Russian officials been informed of the second adoption, they could have objected or at least requested home-study reports on her new family.
In 2011-2012, he pressed the Russian authorities into investigating the crime. The Russian investigators forwarded to their US colleagues materials proving the man’s guilt. In particular, they proved that he had misled the US authorities about the girl’s age by presenting a certificate showing that the girl was 16, which is the age of consent under Georgia’s laws.
Russia’s Investigative Committee also opened a case against Grismore.
Michael Grismore was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of beating and raping Ksenia. It was reportedly Ksenia’s school teachers who heard about the situation first.
The girl is currently undergoing treatment in a mental facility.