Teacher, son charged over party
Police say minors given alcohol, 1 sexually assaulted; attorney denies allegations
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.