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Daughter of child sex abuse suspect speaks of his past, encourages potential victims
By Melanie Gillespie
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. --
A mother is sending a strong message to potential victims as Johnstown police continue to investigate more allegations against a Johnstown man whos accused of child sex abuse.
His daughter shared her story with 6News about her father.
Nicole Nyland said looking back on her past the allegations against her father seem to make sense. She is encouraging other, potential victims to come forward and begin to heal.
"I was kind of stuck in the middle like, he's my son, this is my dad, this is my past relationship, it's not going to be believed, Nyland said.
Her son was an alleged victim of sexual abuse when he was 6 and 7. He's now 14.
"[Im] proud he came forward. I really am, [cause] not a lot of 14y-ear-old boys would come forward and say what happened to them, Nyland said.
Michael Grimm is charged with child rape and sexual abuse-related charges.
Grimm is also the father of Nicole.
She recalls her childhood and her brother's friends staying over their Lunan Street home. She said she grew up with them, but as time went on, they never returned.
"I've always wondered why are they gone, and unfortunately, now I know why they never came back, Nyland explained.
One of the victims who slept over filed additional charges against Grimm this week. Nicole believes there could be more.
"I have spoken with several people, the victims, and basically they have indicated there could be a lot more victims out there, Nyland said.
Nicole, and a fellow volunteer who worked beside him, said Grimm was a leader of a local youth service organization.
This mother, and daughter, is seeking closure for herself and her son; and conveying a strong message to anyone who may be suffering.
"We're all some kind of victim here. Not just my son, but everybody whose lives were hurt and manipulated or anything. We're all victims, and we all need to be able to move forward and start a whole new life, a new healing process, so that we all can have closure, Nyland said.
Grimm remains in the Cambria County Jail. He's due back in court next week.