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Johnstown man faces child rape charges, 4 other felonies

by Melanie Gillespie

A Johnstown man is in jail and accused of raping a young boy.

Investigators said the sexual assault spanned over a two year period inside the suspect's home when no one else was there.

The victim told police he could remember when the abuse started because it was the year he was given a Playstation by the suspect.

"The child is now a teenager and he's come forward and disclosed these incidents, Johnstown Police Detective Julie Wagner said.

Michael Grimm is facing rape and four other felonies.

"These incidents happened quite a few years ago from 2005 to 2007, and the child at the time was 6-years-old and 7-years-old, Wagner said.

The victim told police he remembered it started when he was six; the year he got a Playstation. And then there was a dirt bike, in which the victim told police, "Yeah, [he] bought me one to bribe me to keep my mouth shut."

"Someone who's abusing a child will give them something to keep their confidence, keep their trust, and to keep them quiet, Wagner explained.

The victim told police it would always happen in a back room of Grimm's house on Lunen Street in Johnstown while the boy visited.

The victim would be punished with a hammer blow to the knee, or a gun to his face if Grimm thought he was telling, according to the criminal complaint.

Often times they're told that, no one's going to believe you, I'm going to say it's your fault and that could be enough to stop a child from coming forward, Tracey Cook with Victim Services said.

Grimm is in the Cambria County Jail on $75,000 bond. He's due back in court in two weeks.

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Edgar Snyder

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