Teacher, son charged over party

Po­lice say mi­nors given al­co­hol, 1 sex­u­ally as­saulted; at­tor­ney de­nies al­le­ga­tions

The Dallas Morning News - - State - By VA­LERIE WIG­GLESWORTH Staff Writer vwig­glesworth@dal­las­news.com Twit­ter: @vl­wigg

A Wylie East High School teacher and her teenage son were ar­rested this past week af­ter po­lice say a mi­nor was sex­u­ally as­saulted dur­ing a New Year’s Eve party where al­co­hol was served.

Kristi Craw­ford, 46, faces a charge of fur­nish­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors. Her son, Ja­cob Craw­ford, 17, faces a charge of sex­ual as­sault of a child. Both were ar­rested Wed­nes­day and re­leased from the Collin County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Thurs­day af­ter post­ing bond.

Wylie po­lice Sgt. Don­ald English said po­lice were no­ti­fied Tues­day about a party hosted by the teacher at her home in the 2900 block of Glen­dale Drive. Al­co­hol was pro­vided to mi­nors dur­ing the party, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A mi­nor who at­tended the party told po­lice she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

Wylie de­tec­tives as­signed to the Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter of Collin County made the ar­rests af­ter speak­ing with wit­nesses and peo­ple who at­tended the party, English said. De­fense at­tor­ney Todd Shapiro, who is rep­re­sent­ing Craw­ford and her son, said the al­le­ga­tions are false.

“There is a very big other side of the story,” he said. “Both of their lives are tem­po­rar­ily ru­ined based on un­founded al­le­ga­tions and a poor in­ves­tiga­tive job by Wylie po­lice.”

Shapiro said Kristi Craw­ford pur­chased al­co­hol for a party for adults on New Year’s Day and left her chil­dren home alone on Dec. 31 while she worked a sec­ond job. Her kids in­vited friends over, the friends in­vited more friends over, and the teens got into the al­co­hol without her knowl­edge, Shapiro said.

He also de­nied that there was a sex­ual as­sault. “Any sex­ual con­tact be­tween Ja­cob and the al­leged vic­tim was consensual,” Shapiro said.

Un­der Texas law, a per­son who is im­paired — by al­co­hol, for ex­am­ple — can­not give con­sent.

English said he could not go into specifics of the case.

Craw­ford, who teaches 10thgrade al­ge­bra, was placed on paid leave from her job pend­ing the out­come of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Wylie ISD spokesman.



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