Crawford

Crawford

Over a month after pleading guilty, 42-year-old Jeremiah Crawford, of Leitchfield, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years behind bars for sex crimes committed against a child.

Charges stem from incidents that occurred on Jan. 7. He was arrested on Jan. 8 for charges of abusing a juvenile relative, to which he originally pleaded not guilty and was indicted by a Grayson County Grand Jury.

Crawford rescinded the not guilty plea in September in favor of lesser charges.

Crawford then pleaded guilty on Sept. 16 to sexual abuse in the first degree, which carries a 10-year sentence, and sodomy in the second degree, which carries a five-year sentence. He was sentenced on Tuesday. Both sentences will be served concurrently.

Additionally, Crawford will have lifetime registration on the Sex Offender Registry along with five years of sex offender conditional discharge. He must also complete a sex offender treatment program and stay at least 500 feet away from the victim.

Crawford was originally charged with rape in the second degree and incest-forcible compulsion/incapable of consent, victim under 18 years of age. However, those charges were dismissed without prejudice due to the victim's family's desire to not have a trial.

Crawford will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 20 percent of the sentence (two years), but parole is not guaranteed.