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Ronald Crosby, 19-year-old with long criminal record in La Crosse, arrested on gun, drug charges

Ronald Crosby, 19-year-old with long criminal record in La Crosse, arrested on gun, drug charges

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A La Crosse man on probation for a misdemeanor battery that left a woman with two black eyes was arrested again Wednesday after police say he had narcotics, marijuana and a gun.

Ronald Crosby Jr., 19, who has a lengthy criminal history in La Crosse, was arrested by the La Crosse Police Department on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping and violating his probation.

Crosby pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, all as a repeat offender, and was sentenced to two years’ probation by La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Gloria Doyle on a joint recommendation from La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke and defense attorney Michael Hughes.

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Crosby punched and kicked a woman and her car in 2018 while on probation his part in a 2017 gang rape of two teenage girls on the South Side of La Crosse.

Crosby also pleaded guilty in October 2018 to fourth-degree sexual assault, delivering heroin and resisting an officer. Crosby, who was 17 at the time, gave a 16-year-old heroin and left her in the garage where she was later raped. The 16-year-old girl told authorities that Crosby forced her to perform oral sex on Oct. 31, 2017.

He was sentenced to two years probation by Doyle in that case, and the felony conviction of delivering heroin means it’s against the law for Crosby to own a firearm. Doyle revoked his probation April 4 of this year.

Crosby is also facing charges of second-degree sexual assault of a child, felony bail jumping and criminal trespassing filed in June. He is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Elliott Levine Sept. 19 for a status conference on that case, in which he is accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him after she removed his hands seven times and told him she did not want to have sex.

Crosby denied having sex with the victim and wanted to get a DNA test to prove his innocence, according to the complaint.

Doyle released him on a $2,000 signature bond in that case. Crosby’s release sparked outrage at the La Crosse County Circuit Court and La Crosse interim police chief Rob Abraham objected to his release in a series of tweets calling the decision “a joke” and saying, “I am sorry for the victims of this community and that we can’t do more to protect you.”

Abraham tweeted Thursday about Crosby’s arrest, writing “Looks like probation wasn’t working out! This community needs to demand accountability of our elected officials! Judge Doyle said Crosby Jr. was a ‘dupe’ when she sentenced him to probation. Who is really the ‘dupe’?”

Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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