Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Court document: Former Pineville youth minister photographed himself sexually abusing sleeping children

A former Pineville First Baptist Church youth minister facing federal charges of sexually exploiting children should remain behind bars while awaiting trial, according to a detention motion filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

The motion details the activities that led a federal grand jury to indict Ryan Daniel Crawford, 32, March 27.

On December 18, 2017, the Pineville, Missouri, Police Department (PPD) received a report from A.C. that she located nude photographs of nine-year-old Jane Doe on the defendant’s phone.

In a post-Miranda statement with the (Pineville Police Department), the defendant admitted that he had touched Jane Doe’s genitals with his hands and further admitted he had photographed the sexual abuse while she was sleeping with his cellular phone. 

Crawford stated that he would watch pornography on his phone and then enter a room where minor females slept, including Jane Doe, so that he could masturbate. The defendant stated he had also done this in a bedroom where minor male children slept as well.

Homeland Security Investigations Task Force Officer James Smith conducted a forensic examination of the defendant’s phone and he located multiple sexually explicit images of Jane Doe.

Crawford was already facing six felony charges- five counts of child molestation and one count of sexual misconduct- in McDonald County Circuit Court. Court records indicate the crimes took place in December 2017 at Crawford's home at the same time period designated in the federal grand jury indictment.

According to the probable cause statement in the McDonald County case, Crawford admitted having an "addiction to child pornography," and having been involved in sexual misconduct with children for some time.

When he was arrested, he had pornographic photos of a McDonald County child on his phone, according to court documents. Crawford was originally charged with one count of child molestation, but interviews with children at the Children's Center in Joplin revealed four more victims, according to the probable cause statement.

The case was investigated by the McDonald County Sheriff's Office and the Pineville Police Department.


Anonymous said...

He should remain behind bars for the rest of his life, not just while he is awaiting trial.
What a disgusting excuse for a human being, and using a position on a church to gain more access to children, that is horrendous.
I hope he rots in jail.

Anonymous said...

He will get what is coming to him in prison. Child sex offenders don't last long in prison.

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of prisons specifically set up for the tens of thousands of real and imagined sex perverts. This one will face four or five charges and plead guilty to one or two of them and get out within a dozen years.