Kansas woman gets life in prison for child sex crimes

A Chanute, Kan., woman has been sentenced to two life sentences in prison under Jessica’s Law for rape and sexual exploitation of a child, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday in a news release.

Amanda L. Grotton, 28, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Darryl Ahlquist in Neosho County District Court. She will not be eligible for parole for 25 years. She also was sentenced to six months in prison for obstructing official duty.

Grotton pleaded guilty last year. The sex crimes were alleged to have occurred in November 2008 against victims under the age of 14. Jessica’s Law provides for a life sentence for those who exploit children under 14.

The case was investigated by the Chanute Police Department, the Iola Police Department, the Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit, and the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.