A disgraced Alabama priest who ran off to Italy with a teenage lady he allegedly groomed is again within the US, however is not going to face costs.
Alex Crow disappeared to Rome with the 18-year-old in July sparking a large manhunt.
The defrocked Catholic priest allegedly met the lady whereas she was a 17-year-old scholar at McGill-Toolen Excessive College in Cellular.
Cops uncovered love notes and different letters which indicated Crow, who claims to have been exorcised as a toddler, had informed his lover that Jesus had instructed him to go away along with her.
Now the Cellular County District Legal professional’s Workplace has confirmed each have returned to the US however stated that it’s going to not be pursuing costs after the lady ‘declined to reply any questions’ in regards to the disappearance.
Defrocked priest Alex Crow has since returned to the US after he disappeared to Italy with an 18-year-old lady he allegedly groomed, however is not going to face costs
Cellular District Legal professional’s Workplace confirmed it’s not pursuing costs towards the 30-year-old after his lover declined to reply questions on their relationship
The DA interviewed 30 witnesses and examined 1000’s of paperwork, together with this love letter from the priest to the lady despatched on Valentine’s Day, however discovered no proof of criminality
An announcement from the workplace defined how prosecutors interviewed 30 witnesses and revied ‘1000’s of pages of paperwork’ offered by the Archdiocese however wouldn’t search costs over the ‘non-public relationship between two now-adults’.
The assertion reported by WKRG stated: ‘When the younger girl and Priest returned, we subpoenaed the younger girl to fulfill with our workplace to find out what had occurred, and whether or not there was any prison motion.
‘She appeared in seemingly good well being and stated that she is secure.
‘Nonetheless, she introduced an lawyer along with her to the assembly, and collectively they declined to reply any questions in regards to the circumstances surrounding her July disappearance, or certainly every other questions.
‘With out with the ability to converse with the younger girl about these occasions, we don’t have enough admissible proof to cost against the law right now. Subsequently, this investigation is presently closed.’
In the meantime the Archdiocese of Cellular stated it’s ‘relieved’ to study that the couple have returned, after Crow ‘deserted’ his parish.
Church bosses stated they discovered he was again by means of the media as shamed priest had not been in touch with them since his suspension.
‘Whereas Crow’s conduct has been scandalous, the Archdiocese doesn’t have any info to point that Crow has dedicated any crime,’ a press release stated.
Crow was suspended from the ministry in July after he fled to Italy with the lady, who was 17 when the alleged grooming started
The Archdiocese of Cellular branded the previous priest’s conduct ‘scandalous’ however accepted the DA’s closure of its investigation
‘To the extent regulation enforcement is continuous to research the circumstances surrounding Crow’s conduct, the Archdiocese will proceed to cooperate totally. I
‘If regulation enforcement has closed their investigation of Crow, the Archdiocese thanks them for his or her thorough and considerate consideration to this matter.
‘Crow’s sudden departure created scandal, damage, and confusion throughout the Archdiocese. We proceed to hope for God’s grace to deliver therapeutic to this example for everybody.’
Cops had been alerted to the possibly inappropriate relationship over summer season and uncovered love letter between the priest and the teenager from Valentine’s Day, when she was nonetheless in highschool.
The teenager, who has not been recognized, graduated this previous Might as part of the category of 2023.
Within the letter, he suggests professes his like to her and suggests the 2 are ‘married’.
‘First issues first: I like you, and I thank Jesus for you day by day,’ he wrote. ‘You might have made my life each astronomically extra sophisticated and extremely higher on the similar time. You might be his reward to me.’
Crow went on to put in writing about his relationship with the teenager earlier than they grew to become romantically concerned – referring to himself as a ‘father’ tasked with defending her.
Crow, who claimed to have been exorcized as a toddler, was stated to have ‘restricted’ the lady’s contact with the skin world whereas in Rome
The Archdiocese of Cellular defrocked Crow (pictured in October 2020) in July after they are saying he deserted his publish on the Corpus Christi Catholic Church
At one level, he writes: ‘You might be mine – nobody else’s, and I’ll all the time be a father to you till I die.’
An ensuing passage means that the pair sooner or later married.
It reads: ‘Now, we’re in love and we’re married! I’ve by no means been in love earlier than (and I’ve by no means been married, clearly!), and I’ve by no means felt any of the sentiments I’ve for you for anybody ever in my total life.
‘I promise that I’ll love you the very best I can, each single day.’
The be aware was launched by Cellular County Sheriff Paul Burch who claimed Crow ‘groomed one other couple of younger women’ along with the 18-year-old.
The letter continued: ‘I’m sorry I can not offer you a “regular” Valentines Day this 12 months. I wished to do nothing greater than purchase you flowers however for worry of scandal I couldn’t.
‘I nearly stole some from the Mary statue however there have been too many individuals round,’ he admits.
It concludes with a passage that makes it clear the couple had already been planning their abroad tour at that time.
The defrocked clergy member additionally attended Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, Italy the place he acquired a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and studied demons and exorcisms
Crow was a priest on the Corpus Christi Catholic Church (pictured) in Cellular, Alabama
‘I do know you need to make out so I’ll deliver this to a detailed. After we are collectively, with our household in Italy (!!!), we can have so many great and regular Valentines Days, however for now: Glad Valentines Day.
‘You’re the prettiest lady who has ever lived, and I’ll all the time inform you that. You might be excellent, and treasured and, moreover Jesus, essentially the most great factor I’ve ever seen or held in my two palms.
‘I’ll all the time love you, [redacted].’
In one other letter to an unidentified man named Joshua, Crow explains that he believes Jesus has instructed him to go away Cellular with the lady.
‘It will likely be exhausting so that you can perceive what I’m doing, however don’t worry. It should all make sense in the future,’ the letter begins.
Crow, who was a musician earlier than he took his publish at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, continues: ‘Jesus has informed me that He needs me to go away, due to this fact I’m not going to return from this journey. I do that with a heavy coronary heart.
‘It’s exhausting to all of the sudden depart all the pieces behind, however that is what He’s demanding and I can not deny Him.’
He claimed he was not forsaking the priesthood, however conceded, ‘We all know how this seems to be, however we’re doing what we’re informed’.
The ‘heartthrob priest’ Alex Crow pictured out of his Roman Collar in a photograph posted on-line
Crow was a former rock musician whose attractiveness have partly drawn large consideration to the case, with many branding him a ‘heartthrob’.
The defrocked clergy member beforehand attended Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, Italy the place he acquired a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and studied demons and exorcisms.
The couple’s return comes after lawyer’s for the lady’s household claimed Crow had lower off her contact with them whereas in Rome.
The lawyer, Christine Hernandez, stated that he ‘restricted’ the lady’s communication to the skin world.
She additionally stated different mother and father reported disturbing situations involving Crow and their youngsters throughout faculty and church journeys, together with claims he paid some college students to attend his confessions, the place they’d share particulars of their sins with him.