In a case that has sparked considerable outrage, a Nevada victim of an 80-year-old pedophile found a way to achieve some semblance of justice after the courts failed to deliver. Tylor Fu, now 29, was subjected to years of abuse during his childhood at the hands of Richard Gross, a family friend who had acted as his babysitter.
His courageous testimony played a pivotal role in securing a conviction against Gross on 26 felony counts regarding children and non-consensual activity. However, the shocker came when, as part of a plea deal, Gross was handed a suspended sentence of 60-180 months by Clark County District Judge Tierra Jones, escaping any prison time.
Fu’s response to this verdict was understandably one of fury and disbelief. At the sentencing on October 2, he couldn’t contain his anger and lashed out at Gross, sending the elderly predator to the hospital. “I was extremely angry,” Fu told 8 News Now.
Reports stated that Gross briefly lost consciousness and required hospitalization, with his glasses getting broken sometime during the altercation. Fu was subsequently arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.
“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,” Fu vehemently asserted. For Fu, the nightmare of abuse began at the tender age of eight and persisted until he was 15.
“It just doesn’t make sense how someone can abuse a child multiple times and just walk away without any prison time,” he told the affiliate. Now married and a father of two children, Fu’s journey toward justice began when his wife showed him a news article about the effects of being subjected to unwanted physical contact as a child, which prompted him to go to the police.
In 2021, Fu took legal action, filing a lawsuit against Gross and his wife for battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and negligent supervision.
“I really tried to put it away and move on and be strong, but as you get older, you start to realize what went wrong more, and I saw exactly where my problems were coming from,” he explained .“It just feels like the right thing to do, and I really want all the kids out there to know…it’s not right and you need to report it,” Fu declared.
“We cannot tolerate the [s**ual a**se] of children, and it is absolutely one of the worst crimes any human can commit and needs to be stopped.”