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Former Clarksville Youth Minister Charged With Sexual Battery

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.-  A Montgomery County Grand Jury has indicted a former Sunday school teacher on sexual battery charges.

In November, Clarksville Police were called Spring Creek Baptist Church on Trenton Road to investigate claims that a Sunday school teacher had inappropriate contact with a six-year-old girl. During their investigation detectives discovered that 22-year-old Christopher Crossno had become aroused while holding a six-year-old girl on his lap.

Crossno was arrested Thursday after the Grand Jury indictment. He was charged with aggravated sexual battery and booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

In 2009, a similar incident occurred at the same Trenton Road Church. Police arrested 28-year-old Jonathon Giles after he was discovered to have had sexual contact with a several teens involved in the church's Youth Ministry Program.

Giles was said to have exchanged inappropriate text messages before and church services with one 16-year-old girl. He was also accused of asking a 17-year-old girl for sex and touching the breast of another minor teen. After the investigation revealed Giles' text message activity to the young women, he resigned from his position with the church.

Giles was charged in June 2009 with three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, as well as two counts of solicitation of a minor and sexual battery by an authority figure.

He pleaded guilty to statutory rape in January 2011, and was sentenced to jail.

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