A former college football star and Atlanta Falcons running back was arrested for having sex with a 12-year-old girl after his wife walked in on him exposing himself to the minor.
Around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Justin Crawford, 23, was spotted by his wife standing over the young girl in the living room while he had an erection, the Ledger-Enquirer reports. Crawford’s wife, Chakeya Crawford, later said that she only saw him exposing himself and he immediately ran from the living room into the kitchen to cover up.
When she later questioned her husband, he denied any wrongdoing. She then went back to bed with the hopes of revisiting the incident at a later time.
Then Chakeya took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother, who then asked what happened. The girl reported she was asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse.
The girl was taken for a medical exam that included compiling a “sex assault kit” to collect any DNA evidence, Detective Mark Scruggs testified in court.
Crawford initially denied having intercourse with the girl, but he later admitted to detective that the two had sex. He also claimed the intercourse was the girl’s idea, according to Scruggs’ testimony.
A judge found probable cause to send Crawford’s case to Muscogee Superior Court and ordered him held without bond, according to the newspaper.
Crawford is now facing felony charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purpose, jail records show.
Crawford was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in his senior season at West Virginia University, where he transferred from Northwest Mississippi College after his sophomore season. During his time at junior college, he was named the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year
In May, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent but was cut by the team during the preseason, according to the team’s website.
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