Tribune: Nez Perce Lawmaker Admits to Stalking, Battery

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Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, second-degree stalking and battery.
  • Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, second-degree stalking and battery.

A plea agreement was reached late Monday in which Nez Perce County Commissioner Michael Grow will be fined $3,000 and sentenced to 635 days in jail (almost all of it suspended) after he was charge with forcible sexual penetration in an April 2011 incident in Valley County.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Grow, 50, was not taken into custody at the end of the sentencing hearing and details surrounding whether he will spend any time in jail are expected to be revealed later today.

According to the Tribune, Grow pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, second-degree stalking and battery, all misdemeanors.

Valley County prosecutors said Grow had been staying at a private home at the Tamarack Resort with the victim and her husband and that Grow had attempted sexual contact with the victim when her husband wasn't home. Prosecutors said Grow fled the home, leaving his undergarments behind, when the husband returned to the home.

The Tribune reports that Grow is currently finishing his first term as a Nez Perce County commissioner, but he will leave office in January 2013.

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