LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A now-adult alleged victim knocked out an 80-year-old convicted sex offender in court, the 8 News Now Investigators have learned.
8 News Now has chosen not to identify the alleged sexual abuse victim because of the nature of the circumstances.
Richard Gross, 80, was in a Clark County district courtroom for his sentencing on Oct. 2. He was initially charged with 26 felony counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded guilty through an Alford plea to one felony count of attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
An “Alford plea” is when a defendant enters a plea of guilty because they believe there is a likelihood of a conviction. This is while the defendant does not admit to committing the crime.
Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Gross to a suspended sentence of 60-80 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections. Through a suspended sentence, a defendant is placed on probation and if they violate it, they could serve prison time.
The now 29-year-old man gave a victim impact statement in court. Once the sentencing concluded and Gross proceeded to leave the courtroom with his wife and attorney, the victim stood up and punched Gross in the face, causing him to fall to the floor, an arrest report obtained by the 8 News Now Investigators stated.