Judge Reconsiders Amateur Actor’s 90-Year Sexual Assault Sentence

Clifton Grasham-Reeves in court Monday. (Photo by Micah Williams)
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WACO (December 5, 2011)—Clifton Grasham-Reeves, 31, who was sentenced to a total of 90 years in prison last month for the sexual assault of a teenage Waco Civic Theatre cast member, will end up serving significantly less time behind bars after a hearing Monday.

Last month, Grasham-Reeves was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact and was sentenced to 5 years on each of the indecency counts and 20 years on each of the sexual assault counts to be served consecutively, for a total of 90 years.

On Monday the judge who originally ordered the sentences to be served consecutively ruled that instead that Grasham-Reeves should serve the sentences for both counts of indecency and three of the four sexual assault counts concurrently for a total of 20 years.

The 20-year sentence for the fourth sexual assault count will begin after the first sentence is completed.

That means he'll have to serve at least 20 years before he's eligible for parole.

Grasham-Reeves waived all rights to appeal as part of an agreement reached Monday between the defense and prosecution.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna issued a statement late Monday afternoon expressing disappointment in the decision.

"Although we are disappointed in the Court's decision to reconsider the stacking of the sentence previously rendered in this matter, it was necessary to reach an agreement in order to preserve justice for the victim, her family and the McLennan County community,” Reyna said.

“The fact that the defendant waived his right to any appeal and will be required to serve at least 20 years before he becomes eligible for parole will ensure finality for the victim and her family,” he said.

Grasham-Reeves was an actor and director at the Waco Civic Theater, taught at Waco’s Harmony Science Academy and at one time worked for Child Protective Services.

An arrest affidavit from February 2010 says Grasham-Reeves knew the victim was underage but encouraged her to sneak out of her house to meet him.

Prosecutors say Grasham-Reeves met the girl and took her to his Bellmead home where he sexually assaulted her.

The affidavit also indicates Grasham-Reeves met the victim on several occasions and provided alcoholic beverages for her.