A Beecher City man charged with grooming made an appearance in Fayette County Court on Friday. 21-year old Tony L. Kruger of Beecher City is charged with one count of grooming as information states that Krueger is alleged to have “knowingly used a device capable of electronic data storage or transmission to solicit the victim, a child, or another person believed by the person to be a child, to commit the offense of Criminal Sexual Abuse” or to “otherwise engage in any unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child in that the defendant sent text messages to a phone belonging to the victim asking if the victim wants to have sex.” The grooming charge is a Class 4 felony which is punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison. Krueger appeared in Fayette County Court on Friday and waived a preliminary hearing as well as formal arraignment. Krueger entered a plea of not guilty and is now set to appear on July 7 at 10am for a pretrial hearing in the matter. Krueger remains in the Fayette County Jail on $15,000 bond.