Quincy man pleads guilty to sex charge, avoids prison time

Posted: Oct. 23, 2013 7:28 pm Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 8:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child during a Wednesday hearing in Adams County Circuit Court.

Bobby J. Griggs, 44, will be sentenced to probation Dec. 17 as part of a plea agreement. He could have been sent to the Department of Corrections for up to three years. Judge Scott Walden said the victim requested the plea deal.

Griggs was arrested in connection with an April 30 incident at a residence on Quincy's northwest side. According to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Friye, Griggs masturbated in front of a child while watching a pornographic film on a computer. Friye said the child was watching television in the same room as Griggs.

Griggs has four previous felony convictions in Illinois. He was out on parole when he was arrested on his current charge. He was sentenced to four years in prison on two marijuana charges in 1990 and to two yearas on aggravated DUI and obstruction of justice charges in 2011.

Friye said Griggs had been convicted of forcible sodomy in the state of Missouri.

Griggs has been held in the Adams County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond since his arrest May 24.