Booking Photo (09/08/2021) Craig Anthony Grunow (DOB 04/21/1965)
Booking Photo (09/08/2021) Craig Anthony Grunow (DOB 04/21/1965)

Judge Sentences Craig Anthony Grunow to 250 years to life in prison for sex crimes against three chi

Author: District Attorney
Date: 3/30/2023 2:21 PM

District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Timothy Covello, sentenced Craig Anthony Grunow (04/21/1965) to serve 250 years to life in prison for 11 crimes of sexual abuse of three children occurring over a three-year period.

At the sentencing hearing today, all three victims were present.  One submitted a written impact statement, and two family members verbally addressed the court about the profound effect these crimes had on the survivors and their family.  Judge Timothy S. Covello commended the victims, stating their testimony was some of the most impressive he had seen, “they were poised, they were truthful, they were courageous.”

On January 26, 2023, a jury found Grunow (57) guilty on all charged counts, which included one count of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 and ten counts of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14.  The jury also found true a special allegation that Grunow committed lewd acts on multiple victims under the age of 14.  This special allegation imposes a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for each eligible offense pursuant to California Penal Code section 667.61(j)(2).

“California law still protects its most vulnerable citizens by authorizing a sentence of life imprisonment for this type of child molestation case,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.  “This sentence should ensure that this predator is never able to harm a child again. The bravery of these young survivors should encourage all other victims of sexual abuse to report and seek help from law enforcement.”

The District Attorney’s Office recognizes that many victims of childhood sexual abuse never report and that abusers often harm multiple victims.  We encourage all victims of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and seek assistance from law enforcement, victim organizations such as Lumina Alliance, and/or other providers of assistance such as counseling organizations.

If you have been a victim, or know someone who is a victim, you may seek assistance in the following ways: for an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911; to report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437).

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and Child Abuse Interview Team. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Danielle Baker who was assigned to the District Attorney’s Sexual Violence Unit.

A copy of the charging document can be found here, and a copy of the defendant’s booking photo can be found here.

Please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran at 805-781-5801 with any questions.