Massachusetts man to get three years for enticing Wilton girl
STAMFORD — A 57-year-old Massachusetts man will be sentenced to three years in prison and 15 years probation for enticing an 11-year-old Wilton girl to email him nude pictures of herself last year.
Mark Crowley, of Beverly, Mass., pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor before Judge Bruce Hudock at the Stamford courthouse on Tuesday.
Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, who prosecuted the case, said Crowley, who has remained in prison unable to post a $200,000 court-appearance bond since his arrest on Oct. 25, 2018, was in possession of illicit photos of the young girl.
When Crowley returns for sentencing Feb. 7, he will also be required to maintain his registry on the state’s Sex Offender Registry for a period of 10 years and undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment, if deemed necessary. He was also given a two-year suspended sentence, which he could be made to serve if he violates his probation.
“Considering the evidence that was available, this is a good and proper resolution of the case,” said his attorney, Public Defender Barry Butler. “It was a fair resolution for both sides.”
According to Crowley’s two-page arrest affidavit by Wilton detective Robert Scott Sear, the girl’s parents complained to police in September 2018 that their daughter had been using her Apple iPhone to text message with an adult man. The parents reported that the messages, which began about a week earlier, were sexually explicit in nature and included photographs sent from the girl to the unknown man.
Police were quickly able to determine the phone number belonged to Crowley, who was charged with indecent exposure in 2003 in Newton, Mass. after exposing himself to a woman walking down the street, the affidavit said.
When police searched the Wilton girl’s phone, they found messages from Crowley telling the girl how to pose in the pictures. In one exchange the girl said, “You know I’m 12, right?”
Wilton police joined forces with Beverly, Mass. police to execute a search warrant at Crowley’s home, where they seized his electronic devices.