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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A Laclede man accused of hog-tying a nephew with Asperger’s syndrome pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced child endangerment charge.

Shane Lee Crawford was accused of forcing the 12-year-old boy to the ground and binding the child’s hands and feet together in September of last year. Crawford said in court that he bound the child to keep him from running away.

“He would run off. We couldn’t stop him,” said Crawford.

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, a pervasive developmental disorder marked by inappropriate social behavior.

Crawford, 38, was originally charged with injury to a child at the felony level, but a plea agreement reduced the offense to misdemeanor because an unidentified witness was unable to testify, Bonner County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank said.

The terms of the agreement proposed a 180-day jail sentence with 135 days suspended and 45 days credit for time served. The sentence would run concurrently with Crawford’s sentence in a previous child endangerment case.

Crawford was accused of choking his son. He was charged at the felony level and pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of injury to a child. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 166 days suspended and 14 days credit for time served.

Crawford’s supervised probation would be extended to the fall of 2013.

Jeremy Featherston, Crawford’s defense counsel, said the key thrust in both cases was his client’s need for counseling and guidance on avoiding inappropriate parental behaviors.

“What have you learned from all this?” asked Judge Debra Heise.

“The laws have changed a lot since I was a child,” Crawford answered.

Crawford added that the counseling he’s received has equipped him with better tools for coping with outbursts and de-escalating situations.

Heise approved the terms of the plea agreement due to the emphasis on Crawford’s counseling.

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  • Jason Smith posted at 6:06 am on Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

    Jason Smith Posts: 68

    Maybe this could be handled like Gary Blankenship's case, just retain Bryce Powell as council and sue the city for 10m. Please don't make excuses for an adults behavior towards a child, especially when the childs home is supposed to be a safe haven.

  • SugarShane posted at 6:05 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    SugarShane Posts: 200

    I'm sure the case was investigated thoroughly. It's funny how we teach kids to make babies in school but no one teaches them how to care for one. If the guy's parents used these types of punishment techniques he would see nothing wrong inflicting the same type of abuse on his child. It's a vicious cycle and hard to break. You'd be surprised what some jail time and education can do for someone with anger issues. Taking care of a special needs child would be tough on anyone, not that it in any way excuses what he did. Taking the kid's father away and locking him up would be unreasonable unless he posed a real threat to himself or the child. Unless you'd rather we pay to incarcerate him and welfare for his family?

  • Moe posted at 5:21 pm on Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

    Moe Posts: 5

    “What have you learned from all this?” asked Judge Debra Heise.
    “The laws have changed a lot since I was a child,” Crawford answered.

    How can a man like this go virtually unpunished? I have a feeling he will never truly be punished until he hurts or kills someone and I hope that he never takes it that far. What did he really learn from this? He learned to make sure no one finds out about the abuse, rather than correct the behavior. It is terrible he experienced this, but that is no reason to let the next generation experience the same terror.