Tonawanda News

December 1, 2012

DA offers plea deal

By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — David J. Grover was in Niagara County Court on Friday in front of Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, where the prosecution requested amended language to his charges. 

Grover was arrested in July and subsequently charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping and committing a sexually motivated felony for allegedly taking the 5-year-old daughter of an acquaintance from her North Tonawanda home and molesting her. 

The latest charges came after Grover kidnapped another young child in 2007 and was convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment, for which he spent nearly five years in prison. The 34-year-old was released in 2011, while his parole had expired just over a month before the most recent incident took place.  

Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco has requested the language involving the most recent charges be made more specific after he said his office debated over whether the term “sexually motivated felony” be named as an offense. 

”It’s just technical,” he said. “We wanted that to be resolved before any potential depositions.” 

Zucco also said he has offered Grover’s defense team a plea deal, which would involve pleading guilty to the first-degree sexual assault charge, the most serious of the three he currently faces. Grover plead not guilty on all counts in an August court appearance. He is being held without bail at the Niagara County Jail. 

Grover is accused of taking the girl from her home after tricking the victim’s mother into leaving to pick up a mutual friend, when officials said he brought the girl to a wooded area and molested her.  

He then took the girl to her father’s house in the City of Tonawanda, where police said Grover took a shower while barricading the door. Police took him into custody a short while later. 

Grover spent five years in prison for taking a 4-year-old child from North Tonawanda and disappearing for several hours in his vehicle, though he was not charged at the time with any crimes of a sexual nature.

If Grover does not take the plea deal a trial will begin in January, Zucco said. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.