Waynesboro businessman charged with assault, kidnapping

January 12, 2012

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., businessman has been charged with stripping another man down to his underwear and assaulting him Wednesday in the back of a store on West Main Street, the Waynesboro Police Department said.

Phillip Crawford, 39, of Waynesboro, was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and kidnapping, according to a police department news release.

Police said they responded at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday to a disturbance at Crawford’s business, Just Because, at 42 W. Main St.

When officers arrived, Crawford told them that a man who was high on drugs attempted to steal from the store and ran out wearing only his underwear, the release said. A bystander alerted police that the man in question was at another business at North Potomac and West Main streets.

Police said the man seemed to be frightened when they approached him.

A preliminary investigation showed that the man and Crawford had been trading merchandise for cash and narcotics, police said. The victim told officers that when one of the deals went bad, Crawford stripped him of his clothing and assaulted him in a back room of the store.

Officers said the man fled to the other business for help.

In February, Crawford was charged with sexual abuse of children by photographing, possession of child pornography and corruption of minors, The Herald-Mail has reported.

Police alleged at the time that they searched Crawford’s business and found photos of a 14-year-old girl engaged in a sexually explicit act.

Crawford pleaded no contest to child pornography, a third-degree felony, on Sept. 14, 2011, and was sentenced Dec. 14, according to online court records.

Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman sentenced Crawford to 48 months probation and required him to register as a sex offender, according to online court records.

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