Judge Sentences Horse Trainer, Sex Offender

Four months after horse trainer Michael Grant was found guilty of repeated sexual assault of a child he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Judge John Race said Grant groomed his victims and sexually exploited them.

Grant worked at Fantasy Hills Ranch in Wisconsin when the sexual abuse began. His victim was a teenager at the time. The woman, who is now 29, says she believes there are more victims and asked the judge to give Grant the maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars.

Children are taught about stranger danger, “No one tells you it can be someone who is nice and someone you trust.”

Grant chose not to speak during the hearing.

District Attorney Phil Koss says, “I am satisfied that he is going to prison – prison is appropriate in this case.”

The defense asked the court for a sentence of probation.

Grant will be eligible for parole in three years. He will have to register as a sex offender.