EX-ATLANTA FALCON JUSTIN CRAWFORD PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD MOLESTATION
September 19, 2019
Former Atlanta Falcons player Justin Kenyuno Crawford will face at least 12 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to child molestation and sodomy charges as part of a plea deal, according to a new report.
Crawford, a 23-year-old father of three, agreed to a deal Tuesday in which prosecutors dropped three felony charges — including aggravated child molestation — that would have landed him 25 years to life in prison, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.
Instead, Muscogee Superior Court Judge Gil McBride sentenced the former running back to 20 years — 12 in prison and the rest on probation, according to the report.
Crawford was also ordered to register as a sex offender, refrain from contacting the victim and her family, and keep away from anyone under 18 — including his own kids, the paper reported.
He was arrested Oct. 13 on charges of having sex with a 12-year-old girl, according to the report.excuses
A detective testified at Crawford’s preliminary hearing that Crawford’s wife found her husband exposing himself in front of a 12-year-old girl in their living room around 5 a.m., the paper reported.
Crawford bolted from the room while covering himself, the detective testified — noting that he initially denied doing anything wrong and told his wife he ran because she startled him.
Then Crawford’s wife brought the pre-teen to her mother, who asked what happened, according to the detective. She reportedly said she was sleeping in the living room when Crawford woke her, had her give him oral sex and then had intercourse with her.
Crawford’s defense attorney Michael Eddings testified that his client became depressed and had a “very gross moral departure” when he was briefly signed to the Falcons and then released because of an injury, the paper reported.
“He’s going to carry this for the rest of his life,” the attorney said.
Crawford played for Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia, and then West Virginia University before being signed with the Falcons.
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