Grass Valley man enters plea in child sex case
A man accused of child molestation stopped his case from proceeding by entering a plea to a count of continuous sexual abuse, authorities said.
Garrett Wibberley, 36, of Grass Valley, pleaded guilty Thursday to continuous sexual abuse before Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger. He’s expected to receive a 16-year prison sentence on June 21, court records state.
“Under California law for a serious and violent felony, which this one is, he’ll have to serve 85 percent of that,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said.
Defense attorney Greg Klein, who represents Wibberley, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Walsh said his office will dismiss six counts of lewd act upon a child as part of the plea. He added that Wibberley pleaded to the most serious offense he faced. Additionally, Wibberley’s plea stopped his preliminary hearing from occurring, and negated the need for the victim to testify.
Continuous sexual abuse means someone abused another person at least three times over a minimum of three months.
Authorities have said Wibberley had sexual contact with a girl under 14 years old between October 2010 and October 2011. Prosecutors filed charges against him in February 2018. Officers arrested Wibberley in March 2018. He never made bond.
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