An Apple Valley man was briefly taken into custody by Hennepin County authorities for allegedly raping a young boy during family gatherings in Eden Prairie.
Andrew Stephen Gryskiewicz, 27, faces one charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, which carries a penalty of zero to 30 years in prison and fines ranging from $12,000 to $40,000. He was taken into custody at the Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday on $500,000 bond. He was conditionally released on Thursday.
On Oct. 17, 2012, a juvenile male, now 16, came to the Eden Prairie Police Department and told officers he had been sexually abused by Gryskiewicz, an older family member. He and his father told police that the boy had kept it a secret until seven months ago, and were now ready to file a complaint.
According to the criminal complaint, Gryskiewicz sexually abused the boy on three separate occasions between 2003 and 2006, when the victim was seven to nine years old. All incidents occurred during family get-togethers at the home of the child's grandparents, which is located in Eden Prairie.
The first instance of abuse occurred in January of 2003, when Gryskiewicz was 17. He asked the boy if he wanted to play a game, took him to a room in the basement and locked the door. Inside the room, Gryskiewicz groped the child's genitals, then digitally penetrated him. On subsequent occasions, Gryskiewicz allegedly raped the boy and coerced him into performing oral sex. On the third and final occasion, the victim told the defendant, then 21, that he was scared and didn't want to do it anymore. The boy said he didn't report the alleged crimes because he was confused and didn't want to get his relative in trouble.
A person with the same name and birth date as Gryskiewicz has a few previous convictions for theft and falsely reporting a crime. According to the same court records, Gryskiewicz was a Burnsville resident before relocating to Apple Valley.