Rockford man pleads guilty to sexual assault and spreading HIV to a child

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 6:27 PM CDT
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31-year-old Steven Grimes pleads guilty to 12 counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child and Criminal Transmission of HIV.

The investigation began on May 25, 2019 when the Rockford Police Department was called to a medical office for a report of sexual assault to a child. The suspect, Grimes was later arrested.

According to Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, the charges allege that the assaults began as far back as 2005 when the victim at the time was under the age of 13.

Hite Ross says there are possibly other victims tied to Grimes and ask anyone to come forward with information.

Grimes was also charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault of a child.

Grimes' sentencing is set for August 11, and he faces up to 60 years in prison.