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This is a 2018 photo of Justin Crawford of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 11, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Ex-West Virginia football player faces child sex charge in Georgia

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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a former West Virginia football player has been charged in Georgia with aggravated child molestation.

Authorities say Justin Crawford was arrested after a 12-year-old girl told her mother Crawford had sex with her Saturday in his Columbus home.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that Detective Mark Scruggs testified during a preliminary hearing Crawford's wife saw her husband standing over the girl Saturday morning, then told the girl's mother.

Scruggs says Crawford first denied having sex, then later said it was the girl's idea.

A lawyer for Crawford couldn't be found.

Crawford played two seasons for West Virginia and signed this year as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons before being released.

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The Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football says Crawford was waived after his arrest.

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This story has corrected the suspect's first name to Justin. It has also been corrected to show that Crawford was waived by the Atlanta Legends, not suspended.

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