published Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Former Catoosa County deputy indicted on charges of sexual abuse and distributing porn

A former Catoosa County sheriff’s office deputy has been indicted on 13 sexual child abuse-related charges involving one girl, records show.

Stephen Crossen, a 5 1/2-year department employee, was fired on Feb. 29 for a policy violation, Sheriff Phil Summers said at the time.

The county grand jury indicted Crossen on six counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of sodomy, five counts of distributing pornography to a minor, and one count of interference with custody on Wednesday.

He turned himself in a little after 1 p.m. today.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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