Man sentenced to prison for assaulting former girlfriend

July 8, 2014
Chadwick Crowe

A Chartiers Township man was sentenced to 2 to 8 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend last summer.

Chadwick Crowe, 35, who lived on Governors Circle, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Tuesday before Washington County Judge John F. DiSalle. A jury trial for Crowe had been expected to start Wednesday afternoon. Additional charges were not pursued, as part of the plea agreement.

Crowe was accused of punching Emma Morgan in the face and knocking her to the ground as she walked on Main Street near Wayne Street in Claysville.

Donegal Township police Officer Adam Fichter was called about 5 p.m. Aug. 18 for a report of a woman who had been assaulted and was on the ground. When he arrived, Fichter found Morgan facedown on the sidewalk. She was bleeding from the mouth, had bruising on the jaw and bruising and swelling on her right eye.

Morgan and a person who was with her identified Crowe as her attacker.

Morgan was taken to Washington Hospital and then transferred to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. Township police Sgt. Ronald Catrain Jr. said Morgan had teeth broken in the assault, and her lower jaw was broken in several places. Her jaw injury required surgery.

Morgan was present for Crowe’s sentencing but excused herself as Crowe argued with DiSalle about his parenting abilities. Crowe said he has “given himself to the Lord,” and stopped using drugs and alcohol.

“I’m not good at the relationship stuff,” Crowe said. “But I’m a great father.”

DiSalle disagreed and asked Crowe how he would react if someone abused one of his daughters.

Crowe struggled with an answer and eventually said he would “hope to have enough wisdom to handle it.” In the end, Crowe said he has accepted responsibility for his actions, something DiSalle questioned.

DiSalle told Crowe that the 2-to-8-year prison sentence he handed down was comparatively “light.” Crowe also was ordered to undergo mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations, anger management counseling and parenting classes. Crowe also must pay Morgan restitution and is not to have contact with her, her husband and their families.

Crowe will remain in the Washington County jail until he is moved to a state facility.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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