A Natrona County man on Monday accepted a plea deal that would send him to prison for eight to 13 years on three sex crime convictions.
Michael Allen Griswold entered an Alford plea to a single count of third-degree child abuse, a single count of taking immodest, immoral or indecent liberties with a minor and a single count of third-degree sexual assault. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
The three convictions relate to three different victims, and took place between 1992 and 2010. Two of the victims were minors at the time of the assaults. One was 8 years old.
The plea deal calls for Griswold to be sentenced to eight to 13 years in prison on two of the charges and eight to 10 years on the other. The three sentences will run at the same time.
Standing next to defense attorney Jamie Woolsey on Monday in Natrona County District Court, Griswold answered a series of procedural questions with two-word sentences: “Yes, sir,” and “No, sir.”
When Judge Daniel Forgey asked if Griswold would enter Alford pleas, he responded in the same manner.
“Yes, sir,” he said.
Griswold had initially faced a total of eight charges, but after reading a news report of his Aug. 15 court appearance, a third victim came forward. Two charges were struck down by a circuit court judge on jurisdictional issues, leaving Griswold to face 11 charges.
Attorneys submitted an amended charging document on Tuesday. The document was not immediately available.
One of the alleged victims, now an adult, told a police investigator Griswold had raped her multiple times, including when she was 11 to 12 years old, according to earlier court documents.
The alleged victim told the investigator she came forward because she was concerned about a child Griswold spent time around. She said she did not want the child to suffer the same abuse she allegedly did, the documents said.
Another woman interviewed by the investigator said Griswold had attempted to reach into her underwear when she was about 8, the court documents state. The two had been watching a Disney movie in his house, she said, when she said he attempted to assault her. She pinned his arm to stop him and then left his house, she said.
A third woman told the investigator she had previously had a sexual relationship with Griswold and the allegations described “word for word” how he conducted himself.
Griswold remained free on bond Monday morning.