- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A deadbeat dad accused of fathering a dozen children by 11 women is asking a judge to throw out a clause in his plea agreement that would prohibit him from ever having sexual relations again.
Luther Crawford, 49, said he thought the abstinence clause was just a joke. His lawyer claims it violates Crawford's constitutional rights and can't be enforced.
But a prosecutor said Crawford signed his agreement to the no-sex clause.
Jefferson Circuit Judge Tom McDonald said he will decide whether to keep the provision when Crawford is sentenced May 13.
Crawford, of Louisville, owes $33,000 in support for two of his children and is in jail awaiting another child-support case in which he owes $21,000.
On March 12, he pleaded guilty to two counts of flagrant nonsupport, charges that each carry up to five years in prison. The plea agreement calls for no more than a one-year sentence, but Crawford could be placed on probation or ordered to pay restitution.
Prosecutor Allan Cobb said Crawford needs to swear off sex because he can't work and make money to support his children. Crawford is blind in one eye, nearly blind in the other and takes medication for a heart problem and high blood pressure.
"This is a person who has gone a long way in showing that if he has children, he's not going to support them," Mr. Cobb said Monday.
Mr. Cobb said similar plea conditions have been upheld in two cases in other states.


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