On Tuesday, 3 October in Houston, a man from Kansas was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison for having sex with a minor on a cruise ship.
In March, 2014, 44 year old Paul Francis Grimm of Goddard, Kansas, who had been having an online relationship with a 15 year old girl, flew her from Cleveland to Houston, met her at the airport and then drove her to Galveston where they boarded a cruise ship for a Caribbean cruise.
When the ship returned, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer who was checking the passengers as they disembarked noticed that the pair were not related and had different last names and Grimm was arrested. The investigation by the FBI which followed revealed that Grimm had been communicating for a while with the victim both on line and using a cell phone which he had purchased for her.
Grimm had then told the child’s mother that he was going on a cruise with his son, who he said was a friend of the victim, and asked if the girl could join them. He then traveled alone with the girl on the cruise and evidence of the sexual nature of their relationship was found on a computer.
Following his arrest, Grimm was remanded in custody during which time he allegedly made contact with his ex wife to try and arrange for one of his children to destroy evidence in his Kansas home. His home was then searched and in addition to his current sentence, he has also been indicted on seven counts of producing child pornography.