Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting child

January 31, 2020 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 26-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for sexually abusing a 6-year-old child.

U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said Charles Evan Crawford was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma after being found guilty at a bench trial of molesting the child while he was watching the child in 2016 at a duplex on Joint Base Lewis McChord while other adults ran errands.

U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, “It is imperative that we in the criminal justice system offer protection and stability against future harm,” U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said at the sentencing hearing. “I think Mr. Crawford is a threat.”

After Crawford was supervising the children, they reported the molestation to other adults and the child was forensically interviewed at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Crawford was arrested in 2016 and formally charged. He was convicted in 2019. Once he completes his sentence, he must register as a sex offender.