Sentencing in Craigslist Rape Solicitation Case Delayed Indefinitely
The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
TWIN FALLS — An Army Idaho National Guard member accused of using Craigslist classified ads to ask men to rape a woman in her home appeared in Twin Falls County District Court on Monday to discuss progress on the case.
Justin Crawford's attorney, Lynn Dunlap, said he's still waiting to hear from the military about Crawford's disability status. That decision by the military could affect any sentence for Crawford, 33.
Dunlap previously said he is drafting a request to move Crawford's sentencing hearing from District Court to Mental Health Court or Veterans Court.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 17 in District Court, though it could be earlier if results come back sooner.
District Judge Richard Bevan agreed to allow Crawford to stop checking in with a court compliance program.
Crawford, who was stationed in Mountain Home at the time, was charged with solicitation of rape in July 2012 after police said he used the classified ad website's "casual encounters" section to post an ad asking men to rape a Twin Falls woman.
"The person posting the ad told him she wanted to be forcibly raped as that was a fantasy of hers," a man who answered the ad told police.
The man exchanged several emails with Crawford and then was given the address where the woman lived.
He knocked on her door, then forced his way in. The woman grabbed a handgun and fired at the man, missing him, before he escaped.
The next day, another man came and forced his way in, and the woman held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
Crawford also was charged with solicitation of burglary, but prosecutors agreed to drop that count when he pleaded guilty to rape solicitation.
Crawford and the woman were acquainted before the incident.