Serial offender with 150 child sex pics sent lewd photos to teenage girls

“You ended up telling her you were 26 and in prison. She ended contact immediately.”

Defense attorney James Benjamin said Crutch was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at a young age, his father was violent and he was bullied throughout his childhood.

“You can’t control that [Asperger] to some extent … it’s probably not easy for you, but that’s why you have to make an effort, because the simple reality is that if you don’t do anything about this recidivism, you’re going to spend your whole life in prison,” Byrn said .

Crutch’s mother was in court Tuesday, and she has maintained her support for him throughout his trials and prison terms.

Crutch’s history includes convictions in August 2015 for child sex offenses and charges of material exploitation of children.

In December 2016, he was convicted of nearly 30 counts of grooming a child online and arranging a meeting with a child – who was actually a police officer posing as a child.

He was subsequently convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl in June 2018.

“The penalties imposed must reflect the disgust that the community finds at this crime. It has to reflect the fact that you’ve been treated with leniency in the past and continue to offend,” Byrne said.

Crutch on Tuesday pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent treatment of a child, one count each of possessing child exploitation material and using the internet to procure a child.

He was sentenced to 3½ years in prison. He has served nearly a year in pre-trial detention and his parole date has been set for May 2, 2023.

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Joel McCord

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