Ozark Mother Speaks About Sex Abuse of her Child

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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) - An Ozark mother is pleading for justice after learning 21-year-old Tristan Crawford could be back on streets saying, "It kills me to think that there is somebody out there, their kid is going through this right now - right now."

Crawford faces seven counts of sexual abuse involving several minors.

"And there's nothing we can do to stop it, there's nothing we can do because there's laws in place that says, 'hey, even if he's caught he's going get put right back on the street," said the mother.

This mother of a 14-year-old boy involved in the case learned of Crawford’s most recent charge when she attended the bond hearing Thursday afternoon.

She says, "every time he has a court date, or every time there's anything I can find out where he's going to be I’m going to be there"

She explained the alleged abuse took place at a sleep over, and Crawford knew the mother of her son's friend.

Now her plan is to raise awareness in the Ozark community - hoping to prevent future abuse.

"It’s just something as simple as you allow your child to spend the night with someone you trust, someone you had faith in," she said.

"Enough is enough, we can’t allow this to continue. Enough is enough," she continued.

Crawford's bond was set at $50,000 - he will appear before a grand jury in the next month or so.