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New details in arrest of a Gilbert man who allegedly abused a developmentally disabled woman

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Posted at 11:31 AM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 14:31:19-04

GILBERT, AZ — New details have emerged after the arrest of a 40-year-old man accused of inappropriately touching a 31-year-old developmentally disabled woman.

The woman's father contacted Gilbert police after he found out a staff member sexually abused her.

The victim lives in a group home but attends a day treatment program at another facility. She told a staff member at the day program center that she was touched inappropriately by Abram J. Grace, police say. She allegedly told investigators that, "she felt sad and confused."

The alleged incident occurred while they were watching a movie. Surveillance video reportedly shows Abram giving the victim several hugs from behind. The victim is later seen covering her face with her hands and walking away.

The staff notified Adult Protective Services and Gilbert PD. On May 15, Grace was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office jail.

Grace has been a staff member supervising the victim for about 10 years. According to court records, the woman has the cognitive functions of a 10- to 12-year-old.

Police say the staff has been fully cooperating with the investigation.

Grace has been given a $100,000 cash bond and was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse because of the inappropriate touching.