A football player who just signed on with the Atlanta Falcons this past May was arrested Saturday on charges of having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Police clam Justin Crawford, 23, is charged with aggravated child molestation, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He’s being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail.
During Crawford’s preliminary hearing Monday, police said his wife awoke at 5 a.m. Saturday and walked into her living room, where she saw her husband had an erection as he stood over a 12-year-old girl.
The wife went back to sleep and later took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother, who asked what had happened. The girl reported she had been asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse, according to police.
The girl was taken for a medical exam that included compiling a “sex assault kit” to collect any DNA evidence, according to reports.
When police questioned Crawford, he allegedly initially denied any sexual contact with the girl, but later admitted having oral sex and intercourse with her.
Crawford is being held without bond.
Sex crimes accusations can be quite scary, especially when they involve a minor. Police and prosecutors tend to side with the alleged “victim” in these cases and you can be found guilty in the court of public opinion long before you ever set foot in the courtroom to defend yourself. With that said, you must take these charges seriously and enlist legal help right away.