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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Youth Pastor Ryan Crawford Accused of Sex Crimes

child image on first baptist church website
Picture of children on First Baptist Church’s Youth Page. I wonder if this is what Pastor Crawford’s photos looked like.

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Ryan Crawford, assistant pastor, choir director, Sunday school director, youth/teens director at First Baptist Church in Pineville, Missouri, stands accused of having “illicit and inappropriate photographs of a young female on his cell phone.”

KOAM-7 reports:

A 32-year-old Youth Pastor Pineville, Missouri, man is arrested after a report to the local police department alleging he had illicit and inappropriate photographs of a young female on his cell phone. Initially, the investigation of Ryan Crawford was conducted jointly by the Pineville Police Department and the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office.

The children were referred to the Children’s Center in Joplin, MO, and subsequent to those interviews, Crawford was interviewed by the investigator of the McDonald County Prosecutor’s office. During that interview, Crawford made statements that were corroborative of the allegations against him.

Prosecutor Bill Dobbs initially filed charges of child molestation in the first degree, a class A felony, and sexual misconduct in the first degree, a class E felony. However, based upon additional allegations, the initial complaint has been amended to reflect an additional four (4) counts of child molestation in the first degree, bringing the total number of felony counts to six. These acts allegedly occurred in Crawford’s home.


A January 30, 2018 Joplin Globe report states:

A Pineville man waived a preliminary hearing Monday on child molestation charges and was ordered bound over for trial.

Ryan D. Crawford, 32, waived the hearing in McDonald County Circuit Court on five counts of first-degree child molestation and a single count of sexual misconduct with a child. Associate Judge John LePage set Crawford’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Feb. 26.

The defendant was arrested on the charges in December following an investigation by Pineville police and the McDonald County Sheriff’s Department of a report that he had illicit photographs of a minor on his cellphone.

A probable-cause affidavit states that Crawford had told of having “had a porn problem” and that he had been “watching” porn on his cellphone. The McDonald County prosecutor later indicated in a news release that an unspecified number of suspected child victims were interviewed at the Children’s Center in Joplin before an interview of the defendant in December when he allegedly admitted having touched a child younger than 14 inappropriately while she was sleeping.

The affidavit states that the defendant further acknowledged that his addiction to pornography and related misconduct with children had been “going on for a long time.”



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    Diana Ross

    How is it that he is free to move out of state after molesting, photographing then producing porn of children? These victims were children that him and his wife had adopted from an abusive life. He has not spent even one night behind bars! I guess that’s a perk when your daddy is a Baptist minister. Beware of those who hide behind the pulpit, take your money, molest the innocent children all in the name of God.

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    I found your blog searching for info on this accused perp. I have some information for you.


    Missouri News: Former Youth Pastor, Ryan Daniel Crawford, Indicted for Producing Child Pornography
    Marty Smith

    SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A former Pineville, Missouri youth pastor was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing child pornography.

    Ryan Daniel Crawford, 32, currently a resident of Jacksonville, Ark., was charged with producing child pornography between Nov. 29 and Dec. 18, 2017.

    Crawford was formerly the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville.”

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