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Air Guardsman from Goddard pleads guilty to sex charge in Texas

A member of the Kansas Air National Guard from Goddard has pleaded guilty to a federal sex charge in Texas.

Paul Grimm pleaded guilty this week to one count of taking a girl under 18 across state lines for the purpose of having sex, according to federal court documents and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney office.

He is set for sentencing Jan. 20 in Galveston, Texas.

The conviction means Grimm will be kicked out of the military, Guard spokeswoman Sharon Watson said Friday.

Grimm, 43, was fired in May from his full-job at McConnell Air Force Base, where he worked as facilities manager for the Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing. He was a 13-year Air Force veteran before joining the Guard in 2003.

Grimm has been in the Galveston County jail since he was arrested March 29, shortly after he and the girl debarked a cruise ship there.

According to the federal complaint:

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent became suspicious because of the age difference between Grimm and the girl and because they had different last names.

The agent found naked pictures of the girl on Grimm’s cellphone and sex supplies in his luggage. The girl later told FBI agents that she had sex with him during the cruise, which started March 24.

He met the girl through a family member while he lived in Ohio with his children. Grimm purchased an airline ticket to fly the girl from Cleveland to Houston on March 23, then they drove together to Galveston.

Grimm was on military leave at the time of the incident, according to the Guard.

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