Battery charge against Asian man who punched his convicted sex offender in court dropped

Battery charge against Asian man who punched his convicted sex offender in court dropped
via 8 News Now

Tylor Fu, upset about a perceived lack of justice, punched Richard Gross after his sentencing in a Las Vegas courtroom on Oct. 2

January 29, 2024
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Tylor Fu, who punched 80-year-old convicted sex offender Richard Gross during his sentencing in a Las Vegas courtroom, will no longer face a battery charge. 
Fu’s claims: Fu, who claims he was sexually abused by Gross for years, expressed frustration with the plea deal that Gross received. According to Fu, Gross, who was a family friend, engaged in the sexual abuse while babysitting Fu from the age of 8 until he turned 15. Gross initially faced 26 felony counts but pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted lewdness with a child under 14 through an Alford plea, reported 8 News Now.
Gross’s sentence: Gross was given a suspended sentence ranging from 60 to 180 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections. Through this type of sentence, the defendant is placed on probation, and a breach of probation terms could lead to the defendant serving the designated prison period. As a condition of probation, Gross must also register on Nevada‘s sex offender registry.
What happened in the courtroom: Fu, upset about a perceived lack of justice, punched Gross after his sentencing in a Las Vegas courtroom on Oct. 2, leading to his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge. 
“I was extremely angry,” Fu told 8 News Now. “I know he’s old, but that doesn’t change anything like that. Doesn’t change the damage that he caused, the horrific effects that I had to live through for decades, and it was not justice at all. It just doesn’t make sense how someone can abuse a child multiple times and just walk away without any prison time.”
Gross claimed that he suffered a momentary loss of consciousness and was subsequently transported to UMC trauma. The arrest report also noted that Gross’s wife said his glasses were broken due to the punch. However, the battery charge against Fu was reportedly dropped. 
What’s next?: As Gross only received a suspended sentence, Fu filed a lawsuit against Gross and his wife in Clark County District Court, accusing them of assault and battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. The complaint alleged intentional and malicious actions in concealing Gross’s abuse of minors. A jury trial for the civil lawsuit is scheduled for March. 
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      Michelle De Pacina

      Michelle De Pacina
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