Before Judge Marsha M. Beckelman in Tama County District Court in Toledo:
Gregory Earl Gruchow, 34, Traer, entered an Alford Plea to a single charge of 3rd degree sexual abuse. The plea is not an admission of guilt but is an acknowledgment there is likely enough evidence to gain a conviction in a court of law. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Gruchow originally faced seven counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse in which he was accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl in Traer during the first week of November, 2012.
The charges were filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bruce Rhoads.