Menlo Park man sentenced to one year in county jail for grabbing, kissing teen


Adam Joseph Degroat, 44, of Menlo Park, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to one year in county jail Oct. 12 after pleading no contest Aug. 29 to one count of felony child molestation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

On June 15, Mr. Degroat allegedly followed a 14-year-old girl into the Willows Market on Middlefield Avenue, grabbed her arm and kissed her cheek, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Mr. Degroat was sentenced on Oct. 12 to one year in county jail (with 237 days' credit for time served) and five years of supervised probation.

The girl said she had recognized Mr. Degroat but had no prior contact with him, according to Ms. Guidotti.

Immediately after the incident, the girl called her father, who called the police, prosecutors said. Mr.Degroat was found and arrested nearby.

The plea was made on the condition that he would spend a year in county jail instead of state prison, according to the DA's office.

Mr. Degroat had a previous misdemeanor from 2012 in South San Francisco that involved annoying or molesting a minor, Ms. Guidotti said.

He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

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