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Three females reported abuse that occurred in the 1970s, when they were 9 to 15 years old.
Larry Kenneth Crosswhite
Saturday, July 20, 2013
A former Pulaski YMCA aquatics director was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail on child sex abuse charges related to incidents that occurred in the 1970s.
Larry Kenneth Crosswhite, 65, entered Alford pleas to eight counts of taking indecent liberties and one count of carnal knowledge, according to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor. By entering the plea, Crosswhite maintained his innocence but acknowledged that sufficient evidence existed to find him guilty.
Three female victims reported sexual abuse by Crosswhite, who now lives in Oakwood, Ga., when he served in the YMCA post between 1977 and 1979, police have said. At the time of the incidents, the victims were between 9 and 15 years old.
Fleenor said Friday that the victims were involved with the swim team at the time.
Crosswhite was originally charged with six counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of carnal knowledge, but Fleenor said laws and sentencing guidelines for sex crimes in the 1970s were very different.
“There was no such thing as aggravated sexual battery back then,” Fleenor said, adding that his office also followed the old sentencing guidelines, which called for a sentence of six to 12 months on each of the nine charges.
Crosswhite was scheduled to have a two-day jury trial starting next week.
“It’s a unique case because it’s 35 years old,” Fleenor said. “It would’ve been a difficult case for the prosecution to prove.”
Fleenor said an agreement was reached after negotiations with Crosswhites’ lawyers, Mike Barbour and Angi Simpkins, and discussions with the victims.
Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long accepted the agreement, sentencing Crosswhite to 10 years with all but 12 months suspended. Crosswhite will be placed on three years of probation upon release, will have to register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with the victims.
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