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Former Suring Teacher To Be Sentenced March 22
Issue Date: February 28, 2019
Former Suring High School teacher Timothy Grimes, 24, is being held in Oconto County Jail while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to two felony counts of sexual assault of a student by a school staff member. He is to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 22 by Judge Michael T. Judge in Oconto County Circuit Court. Each count carries a maximum of up to six years in prison followed by six years of extended supervision.
Grimes had been free on $15,000 cash bond since his initial appearance on July 31 of 2018. He was originally charged with six felony counts in connection with sexual activities involving a 17-year-old girl who had been a student at Suring High School, where he was a coach and a history teacher.
In a plea bargain agreement reached before the guilty plea was entered on Tuesday, Feb. 5, four counts were dismissed, but will be read into the record during sentencing. Judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Grimes was suspended from his teaching and coaching positions after the Suring Board of Education held a special closed meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2 to discuss "the procedural status of an investigation into the alleged employee misconduct." The School Board formally accepted his resignation in January of this year.
According to the criminal complaint and statements the girl made at Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center in Green Bay, Grimes was a friend of her stepfather and would occasionally spend the night at their home.
Grimes allegedly came into her room between 10 and 20 times during April and May of 2018, and they performed sexual acts. She reportedly stated she tried to end it, but Grimes told her he loved her and wanted a future with her. The night time visits ended shortly before the end of the 2017-2018 school year after a visiting relative found the two in bed together. The girl finally told her parents and they notified authorities.
After Judge Judge accepted Grimes' guilty plea, District Attorney Edward D. Burke Jr. said the state was not seeking any change in the $15,000 cash bond prior to the sentencing hearing.
Defense Attorney Carver Smith asked that Grimes be allowed to remain free on the $15,000 bail pending sentencing. He said Grimes had been living with family members in Brown Deer, and was actively employed with a company in Cedarburg and there had been no violations of bond conditions.
Judge, however, revoked the bond and had Grimes escorted directly to jail after declaring that by pleading guilty and being found guilty, Grimes had lost the presumption of innocence and therefore should not remain free on bond.