Two men convicted of sex crimes to minors in Monroe County last week

Glenn Patrick Ward
Joshua L. Graves

Last week was a “tough week for sex offenders and a great week for victims of sex abuse here in Monroe County,” reported Monroe County State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann, as he announced that juries had found two sex offenders guilty.

Hitzemann reported that after three days of trial, a jury found Glenn Patrick Ward, 55, of Broseley, MO, guilty of 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Each of the 15 charges were identical, and were filed on Oct. 11, 2017. The charges are Class X felonies.

It was noted that Ward’s victim was under the age of 13 and that the sexual acts he committed took place between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012 in Waterloo where he lived at the time.

After nearly seven hours of deliberation, a jury found Joshua Graves, 37, of Columbia, guilty on one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Graves was found not guilty of a second count. Both counts were Class 2 felonies.

Both charges state that on Sept. 3, 2017, in Columbia, Graves knowingly committed acts of sexual conduct over the clothing of a victim that was under the age of 13.

For more, please see this week’s print edition.