December 3, 2018
On December 1, 2018 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to a home in Chiefland after a child reported to her mother “Uncle Joel” touched her private parts. Investigator Mike McNeil took testimony from the mother and the four year old child and identified Uncle Joel as Joel Michael Crawford (11-10-89) of Chiefland.
Investigator McNeil accompanied the mother and child to the Child Protection Team at the University of Florida in Gainesville where an emergency forensic interview was conducted. The child was able to explain in detail what Crawford did to her.
Investigator McNeil located Crawford at his home in Chiefland, and he agreed to speak about the incident. Crawford volunteered to drive to Bronson and speak to Investigator McNeil at the LCSO.
Investigator McNeil wrote in his arrest affidavit Crawford admitted to sexually battering the child and stated, “I have major problems.”
Crawford was arrested and booked into the Levy County Detention Facility. He has been charged with one count of capital sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held on a $500,000.00 bond.