Former Crossville Police Chief Sentenced

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MONTGOMERY- The former police chief and mayor of Crossville has received a 20-year sentence for the rape of a ten-year-old girl.

A DeKalb County jury convicted Ronald Dale West in March of first-degree rape, which occurred in December 1997 while he was police chief.

According to the Attorney General's office, West took the child to visit her great-grandfather in the hospital, stopped at a fast-food restaurant and then drove her around to look at Christmas lights. He then took the girl to a secluded back road and raped her.

Attorney General Troy King says he hopes the verdict and sentence will bring some measure of comfort to the victim and her family.

Under the 20-year split sentence, West will serve five years in prison, during which he will be ineligible for parole. He will then serve five years of probation with the remainder of the sentence suspended.