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Goddard man convicted on sex crime in Texas facing child porn charges in Sedgwick County

Paul F. Grimm
Paul F. Grimm Courtesy photo

A Goddard man who is awaiting sentencing in Texas on a federal sex conviction involving a child was indicted this week on child pornography charges in Sedgwick County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday in a news release.

Paul F. Grimm, 43, was charged in federal court with seven counts of producing child porn that involved two girls, according to a court document.

The indictment alleges Grimm used images of the girl to make the porn in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Sedgwick County. One girl was as young as 13 at the time of the alleged incidents, and the other was 15.

Grimm pleaded guilty in November in federal court in Galveston, Texas, on a charge of taking a girl under 18 across state lines for the purpose of having sex, according to court documents.

He is set for sentencing in that case on Jan. 20 in Galveston. He has been in the Galveston County Jail since his arrest March 29, shortly after he and the girl debarked a cruise ship there.

Grimm has been a member of the Kansas Air National Guard since 2003, but the Guard is in the process of kicking him out as the result of his Texas conviction, Guard spokeswoman Sharon Watson said.

He also had worked full time at McConnell Air Force Base, where he was the facilities manager for the Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing. A 13-year Air Force veteran before joining the Guard, he was fired from that job in May.

In the Texas case, court documents show:

Grimm had made arrangements for the girl to come to Galveston from Ohio, where he used to live.

After becoming suspicious of Grimm and the girl because of the age difference and having different last names, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol 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.

Grissom’s office declined to say whether either of the girls involved in the Sedgwick County case is the same one that was on the cruise ship with Grimm off the Texas coast.

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