PLYMOUTH - A local man has been sentenced to probation after having inappropriate contact with a teenage girl.
According to the arrest warrant, a 13-year-old girl told Plymouth school officials last January that she had been sexually assaulted by Donald Crosby, 44, who is related to her by marriage. She said she had fallen asleep on the couch of a local home shortly after Thanksgiving 2016 and, when she woke up, found Crosby touching her breast under her shirt.
The teen said she had told her mother about the incident, but that she did not believe her, according to the warrant.
When the mother spoke to police, she said she was skeptical of the allegations because the girl changed several things about her story multiple times, the warrant said.
When police spoke to Crosby, he denied ever touching the victim’s breast under her shirt, according to the warrant. He admitted to police that he had previously pinched the girl’s nipples when they were joking around.
Crosby, was handed down a suspended sentence Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. At a previous hearing, he pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to one count of risk of injury to a minor. An Alford plea means Crosby denies some of the allegations but concedes he could potentially be convicted after a trial.
In exchange for the plea, one count of fourth-degree sexual assault was not pursued. Crosby was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended, and three years of probation.
During the hearing Wednesday, court officials said Crosby does not have to register as a sex offender because of this conviction. While on probation, he has been ordered not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 years old, with the exception of his own children.
Crosby, of 21 Pearl St., was issued a lifetime protective order that bars him from contacting the victim in the case or going to her home. Since the allegations surfaced, she has moved out of state.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.