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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 30: Justin Crawford #32 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against Walt Aikens #35 of the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A former Atlanta Falcons player has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 23-year-old Justin Kenyuno Crawford pleaded guilty Tuesday to child molestation and sodomy as part of deal that dropped other charges. The former West Virginia University standout also was ordered to register as a sex offender and stay away from anyone younger than 18, including his three children.

Authorities have said Crawford's October arrest happened after the girl told her mother that Crawford assaulted her. Authorities testified that Crawford's wife reported finding Crawford exposing himself to the girl and later learned about the abuse.

Defense attorney Michael Eddings said Crawford had a "gross moral departure" after being briefly signed to the Falcons and released over an injury.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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gunnygil

should be required to wear a sign that he is a potential sex offender for the rest of his life if he gets out of prison alive

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