Apalach man given life terms for sexual battery

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM.

Following a two-day trial, a 49-year-old Apalachicola man was sentenced Friday to three life terms for his having committed, more than 20 years ago, sexual battery on a 6-year-old-girl.

Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey sentenced John Stan Grant to serve the terms concurrently. The crime of sexual battery on a child under age 12 by an adult over age 18 does not allow for the possibility of parole.

The jury of four men and two women reached their verdict after deliberating for fewer  than 30 minutes.

Grant still has a sexual battery charge pending involving a girl who was 13 at the time of the alleged offense.. The case for which he was sentenced Friday stems from a Sept. 22, 2010 arrest, and involved acts committed sometime in 1991 against a victim who is now 27 and married.

Assistant State Attorney Robin Myers said his office is discussing a possible resolution to this second case, which has not yet gone to trial.

But details of it surfaced in last week’s trial after the victim was allowed to testify. Florida law makes allowances for the testimony from victims of crimes that have not gone to trial when it is successfully argued that it shows a pattern of misconduct by the defendant.

Grant first was tried for the crimes against the first victim on Sept, 12, but that trial ended in a mistrial.

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