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Catoosa County officer guilty of sexual exploitation of children - Stephen Crossen

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An ex-deputy who pleaded guilty to sodomy and sexual exploitation of children will get to keep his shorter prison sentence. Former Catoosa County deputy Stephen Crossen was sentenced to two years behind bars by Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. According to an indictment, Crossen engaged in oral sex with a 16-year-old girl and had naked photos of her. Usually, those charges lead to a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. But because he was a first-time offender and didn’t use force, the judge was allowed to ignore the mandatory minimum sentence. District attorney Buzz Franklin filed an appeal, but the court - ruled against him.