LOCKPORT – A Town of Tonawanda man with three previous convictions for crimes involving young girls showed no remorse and denied his guilt Tuesday as he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from her North Tonawanda home and sexually abusing her last summer.
David J. Grover, 35, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, had pleaded guilty on Feb. 21 to second-degree kidnapping as a sexually motivated felony and agreed in advance to a 15-year prison sentence followed by 25 years of post-release supervision.
“I feel like people don’t know me. I’ve been in some weird situations,” Grover said. “But I’ve never committed a sex crime – I’ve never, never been convicted in a trial.”
“If he didn’t commit it, I am willing to give him a trial,” said Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.
“The evidence is very persuasive,” she added.
However, Grover said he would agree to his guilty plea.
Deputy District Attorney Holly A. Sloma said prosecutors agreed to a plea so the 5-year-old girl wouldn’t have to “face the man who did this to her.”