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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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