Guilty Verdict in ‘Wanted’ Horse Trainer’s Sex Case


 Updated November 11, 2011 

A Wisconsin jury found horse trainer Michael T. Grant guilty of repeated sexual assault of a child. The verdict comes eleven years after the abuse took place in his home at the Fantasy Hills Ranch where he was an employee.

Grant was charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child – one for each alleged victim that came forward in mid-2010. Jurors found him guilty of count one.

Court documents show the sexual abuse began when a then ten year-old girl started babysitting Grant’s twin baby daughters; she was victimized for almost two years. The victim, who is now in her 20s, states that Grant acted like his actions were a joke. She says when she would tell him to stop, he would laugh and say, that “she liked it.”

Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss says this case should send a strong message to sex offenders. “At some point the victim will tell someone and we will attempt to obtain justice for them.”

Last November, Grant, who also goes by the name Tim Grant, was wanted by law enforcement officials. He was nabbed by US Marshalls in June.

He could face up to 40 years in prison and he must register as a sex offender. His $200,000 bond has been revoked and he remains behind bars. Grant is scheduled to be sentenced in January.