A former professional football player is being held without bail after he was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old.
According to the Ledger-Enquirer, 23-year-old Justin Crawford was arrested after his wife, Chakeya Crawford, found him standing near a 12-year-old girl with his genitalia exposed.
During Crawford’s first court appearance, authorities said his wife woke up around 5:00 a.m. on October 13 and walked downstairs.
Upon entering the living room, the woman found her husband with “an erection as he stood over a 12-year-old girl.”
However, following detective Mark Scrugg’s testimony, Chakeya told the Ledger-Enquirer that Crawford didn’t have an erection, but she did see her husband’s penis out.
She continued to tell the newspaper that when she spotted her husband near the 12-year-old, he ran into the kitchen to cover himself up.
According to Chakeya:
“I did not see anyone having sex, or I would have called police right away.”
After questioning her husband, he reportedly told her:
“You scared me. That’s why I ran.”
Crawford then continued to “deny any wrongdoing,” which convinced Chakeya to give him “the benefit of the doubt.”
The following day, Chakeya allegedly took the child back to her mother, who asked the child what happened between her and Crawford.
The relationship between Crawford and the young girl is unknown.
Scrugg’s continued to testify that the 12-year-old told Chakeya and her mother that “she was asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse.”
The 12-year-old was taken to the hospital where a “sex assault kit” was performed.
After initially denying any sexual contact with the young girl, Crawford eventually confessed to having both oral sex and intercourse with the girl. However, he also claimed it was the child’s idea.
Crawford has since been charged with “incest, sodomy, and enticing a child for indecent purpose.” He remains in Muscogee County Jail.
Crawford was cut by the Falcons on September 1, weeks before the assault took place.