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Connecticut Man Sentenced To 5 To 20 Years For Sexual Crimes Against Minors

CONTACT: Cathy Norman, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

February 1, 2012

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced today that Philip Grasso, 58, of Manchester, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday in Vermont Superior Court in Windsor County to a total of five to twenty years in prison on five charges: sexual assault on a minor; two counts of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child; and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct.

According to documents filed with the Court, Grasso was convicted of sexual misconduct involving two victims. He was convicted of sexually assaulting one of the victims, a child under the age of 16, between 1998 and 2003 in Springfield, Vermont. He was also convicted of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child and lewd and lascivious conduct based upon incidents that occurred during weekend visits to Springfield, Peru and Perkinsville, over the course of a five year period from 1998 to 2003. Grasso was previously convicted of sexual offenses in Connecticut and is currently serving a fifteen year sentence on those charges. The Vermont sentence will run concurrently to the Connecticut sentence.

In imposing the five to twenty year sentence, the Hon. Patricia M. Zimmerman referred to Grasso as a “predator” and a “coward” and noted that Grasso used his power and control over two little girls and abused his position of trust by engaging in a “planned, systematic betrayal of that trust.”

Attorney General Bill Sorrell stated that "These young women are to be commended for their persistence and bravery in coming forward, and for being willing to face and testify against their abuser at trial. This prosecution and the courage of these victims send a strong message to child predators that they will be held accountable."

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