Sentencing delayed again in Crowder case; set for Jan. 17

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The sentencing of a former Suffolk high school football coach who has pled guilty to sex crimes involving children was postponed yet again Monday morning in Virginia Beach.

Kenny Crowder’s attorney, Sonny Stallings, said that a scheduling conflict between two judges and a jury trial caused the postponement, this time to Jan. 17. It was the third time that sentencing had been delayed for Crowder, who is scheduled to stand trial in January in Suffolk for 58 counts of possession of child pornography.

A former Nansemond-Suffolk Academy baseball and football coach, Crowder was arrested last Dec. 28 in a sting operation by Virginia Beach police, posing as a 13-year-old boy exchanging e-mails with Crowder. He was charged with attempting indecent liberties and use of a communication device for procuring minors for obscene materials On March 28, he pled guilty to the charges. His first sentencing was scheduled for May, and was pushed back after he was ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

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On July 25, the day before his re-sentencing date, Crowder was arrested after police allegedly discovered dozens of images of child pornography on his computer, which was seized during his original arrest. The next day, the sentencing was postponed again.

Crowder, free on bond since it was granted in August, will be back in Suffolk Circuit Court Dec. 19, and Stallings said he planned to attack the charges.

&uot;(The police) had a search warrant for the e-mails (sent between Crowder and the police),&uot; he said, &uot;but they did what’s called a forensics exam of everything in the computer.&uot;

This was the manner in which the images were discovered, and Stallings implied that such a step went beyond the search warrant.

&uot;There’s a shot that it may go away,&uot; he said.

Stallings said that Crowder has completed his evaluation, and that Crowder is still not allowed around children, even requiring accompaniment with his teenage son. He also has a 7 p.m. curfew, and is not permitted to use the Internet.