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Police officer pleads guilty to sodomy and sexual exploitation of young girl

By Mason White 10:49 AM July 29, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was jailed after he was found guilty of sex crimes against a young girl.

The officer of Georgia, was fired from his job as a Catoosa County deputy. He was fired after working at the department for six years.

Stephen Crossen pleaded guilty to sodomy and sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced to a short two years in prison despite the 5 year mandatory sentence for such crimes.

According to the indictment, Crossen had oral sex with a 16-year-old girl and took photos of the sex acts.

Despite the mandatory sentence, Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr., only sentenced the officer to two years in prison, saying that he was a first time offender and he did not use force with the victim.

District attorney Buzz Franklin filed an appeal, but lost and the court upheld his two year sentence rather than the state mandatory sentence.