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New Stanton man charged with having sex with teen

| Sunday, June 17, 2012, 10:21 p.m.

A New Stanton man, who is awaiting trial in connection with the photographing of teenagers bikini wrestling, is facing new charges related to having sex with one of the teens.

James Crise, 27, of West Pennsylvania Avenue faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 21 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert on charges of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Westmoreland County detectives and Greensburg police allege that Crise was having sex with the girl, then 15, from April to June 2007.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Crise would sometimes meet the teen at Irwin Park and take her to his grandfather's Irwin home, where Crise had a key.

Authorities allege that Crise was photographing two teens -- the one he is accused of having sex with and a girl then 13 -- while at least one of the girls was wrestling in a bikini.

At a preliminary hearing in April, the younger teen testified that while she was grappling in the two-piece swimsuit with another person her top fell. At the time, the teen said, Crise was photographing her while another man, who wasn't identified at the hearing, was videotaping the antics.

Earlier this year, authorities charged Crise with interference with the custody of children, conspiracy, corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor, dissemination of child pornography, possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and criminal use of a communication facility.

The younger teen testified that Crise, who works as a photographer, paid her $200 to wrestle with the other person, whom she knows only as "Danielle." She said she believed the man with the camcorder was the woman's husband.

Authorities accused Crise of selling two photographs of the older teen with no clothing on. The older teen testified at the April hearing that she began a relationship with Crise after meeting him in an Internet chat room.

According to court papers, Greensburg police stopped Crise's vehicle on Stark Street and seized two laptop computers inside the vehicle. Police said Crise asked them not to disclose his true age to the two teens in his vehicle because he had told them he was only 21.

A few days later, a search of the hard drive of one of the computers, owned by the older teen, turned up photos of her and Crise kissing. A search of the other laptop, owned by Crise, turned up photos of "juvenile females engaged in bikini wrestling, various photo images of juvenile females in different stages of undress and also full nudity," according to court papers.

Crise is free on $55,000 bond.

His trial on the earlier charges is slated for December, according to county court records.

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