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Former Scout leader gets 15 years for molesting 3 boys

Norman F. Grimm Jr., a former South Buffalo Boy Scout leader and church custodian, Friday was sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting three young boys in his Ryan Street home.

Since Grimm, 54, also has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on federal child pornography charges, he will serve the state term concurrently in a federal prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Grimm he can now "begin your trip into oblivion."

Grimm has been jailed since October 2006. He did not speak during the televised sentencing.

David G. Jay, Grimm's attorney, told the judge Grimm "stepped up to the plate" and admitted his responsibility with his combined guilty pleas of last summer.

The mothers of all three boys, now ages 6, 8 and 9, were in the courtroom for the sentencing.

Prosecutor Rachael L. Newton read the judge the letters penned by two of the victims, wishing that Grimm never get out of prison so he cannot hurt other boys.

One of the boys also wrote that, while he hopes Grimm is in prison for the next three decades, he also misses his former adult friend.

After the sentencing, one of the mothers said all three victims now have trouble relating to any adults and other children.

The woman predicted it will be "a long time" before the boys or their families can recover from the emotional damage Grimm caused.

The judge also issued orders of protection and told Grimm that he is to avoid trying to contact any of his victims or their family members in any way, even through third parties, until at least Sept. 30, 2024, or face even longer prison time.

Grimm suffers from severe heart problems that periodically delayed his sentencing.

After the sentencing U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said Grimm, whom he called "a child predator," apparently had taken pornographic photos of two of the boys, which led to the severe federal prison term.

During a Feb. 8 session before Kloch, mothers of two victims told Grimm he was lucky Buffalo police and federal authorities arrested him before they and their male relatives got to him. If they had, he'd already be serving his eternal "sentence," those women told him.

During that session, Kloch told Grimm that after completing his combined prison terms he would be facing permanent civil institutionalization under court order in a state facility for sex offenders in Gowanda.

That day, one of the mothers looked into Grimm's face, called him "a monster" and denounced him for what she called his "sick, demented pleasures."

She also told Grimm that he ultimately will "burn in hell."

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