CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man who tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl for sexual motivations has been sentenced to the maximum allowed by law for his crime: four and a half years in prison.
Edward Crider, 37, a married father of two, snatched the girl on the morning of May 30 when she got off the train at the Puritas Rapid Station and was walking down West 154th Street toward her school.
She saw the man following her and tried to walk faster, but he caught up to her.
Crider grabbed her arm and dragged her towards the bushes, trying to throw her into them. All the while, she put up a fight.
A man drove by, saw the struggle, stopped his car and yelled out to them, giving her the chance to break free and run.
Crider was identified using surveillance photos taken inside the train station which were broadcast on the news.
The girl is still traumatized and was unable to speak on the stand at Crider’s sentencing Tuesday, but she had written the judge a long letter about what he did to her and how it has changed her life.
We are not identifying the victim due to her age and the nature of the crime.
The judge said she should be proud of herself.
“You were smart enough to get away,” Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold said.
“Thank you,” the girl replied.
“She has nightmares every night,” said the girl’s mother, Lisa Williams. “She no longer sleeps alone. She sleeps with me every night.”
In September, Crider pleaded guilty to abduction with sexual motivations and attempted gross sexual imposition.
Before the judge sentenced Crider, he tried to explain his actions.
“I was not all there that day so I just wanted to apologize,” Crider said.
“I expected him to ask for a moment to speak so he could turn to us and apologize, but he didn’t. So, I don’t know, is there any remorse there or not?” Williams said.
Saffold showed no mercy and sentenced Crider to the maximum of four and a half years in prison.
He must also register as a sex offender.
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