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February 15, 2013

Grover considers plea deal

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT — A Town of Tonawanda man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl and sexually abusing her appeared in Niagara County Court Thursday morning to request a few more days to consider a plea deal offered by the district attorney late last year. 

David J. Grover, 34, 1870 Niagara Falls Blvd., was scheduled for pretrial arguments Thursday, but his lawyer, David Douglas, asked County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas for a postponement. 

“I had a lengthy meeting with my client yesterday and we reviewed the specifics of the plea bargain and sentencing,” Douglas said. “It was a very productive meeting, and there’s a very good possibility that we might use the plea bargain.”

But Douglas said there are a few minor details about the deal that he and his client still need to look over. 

Farkas hesitantly granted the delay, and Grover is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 21. 

Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco said in December the plea deal includes Grover pleading guilty to the first-degree sexual assault charge.

In August, Grover entered a plea of not guilty for all three

charges — first-degree sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping and committing a

sexually motivated felony.

Grover is accused of taking the girl from her home on July 28 after tricking the victim’s mother into leaving to pick up a mutual friend. He then allegedly 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 arrested him shortly thereafter. 

Prosecutors said he is a long acquaintance of both parents.

Four family members of the victim were in court Thursday and spoke at length with Zucco and fellow Assistant District Attorney Holly Sloma about the delay of the proceedings.

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