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Former Football Star Allegedly Admitted Having Sex With 12-Year-Old Girl, Said It Was All Her Idea

Police say suspect Justin Crawford, a former star running back for West Virginia University, admitted to the sexual acts after being questioned by authorities.

By Jill Sederstrom

A former college football star has been accused of having oral sex and intercourse with a 12-year-old girl in Georgia, allegedly telling police detectives the acts were the girl's idea.

Justin Crawford, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons before being released from the team last month, has been charged with aggravated child molestation, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Det. Mark Scruggs, of the Columbus Police Department, testified during a preliminary hearing in the case Monday that Crawford's wife woke up around 5 a.m. on Saturday and found her husband standing over a 12-year-old girl with an erection, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

However, his wife, Chakeya Crawford, would later call the paper on Monday to say that was inaccurate. She told the paper she didn't see him with an erection, but saw his penis was exposed and that he ran from the room when he saw her.

"I did not see anyone having sex, or I would have called police right away," she told the Ledger-Enquirer adding that her husband told her he had run from the room because she had "scared" him.

She decided to return to bed but was still troubled by what she observed. His wife later brought the young girl back to her mother and the girl said she had been asleep in the living room and alleged that Crawford came in and asked for oral sex before she said the two had intercourse.

At Monday's preliminary hearing, Scruggs testified that Crawford reportedly admitted to the acts but told detectives it had been the girl's idea, according to the Dominion Post.

Crawford was an accomplished running back with West Virginia University, scoring 11 touchdowns and rushing for 2,237 yards during his two seasons with the team from 2016-2017.

He was also named Offensive Player of the Year as a high school senior at Hardaway High School, the Ledger-Enquirer reports.

Judge Julius Hunter ruled Monday that there was enough probable cause in the case to send it to the Muscogee Superior Court. Crawford is currently being held without bond at the Muscogee County Jail.

[Photo: Muscogee County Jail]

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