A convicted sex offender, who later had his offender status removed due to good behavior, was arrested on Oct. 15 in Newton County, Georgia and charged with 9 counts related to child molestation and incest.

Derrick Crooms, 45, had his sex-offender status removed by a Georgia court in 2017 after Crooms convinced the court he was a reformed child sex offender.

He was originally charged in 1996, and served four years of a twenty-year prison sentence.

The Blaze reports that Crooms’ new offenses took place as late as 2020. 

The Police Tribune reports that Crooms’ 1996 offense involved the molestation of a 7-year old girl who was his cousin by marriage.

That victim, Jeanie Fulcher, believes the justice system failed her. In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Fulcher said, “I do think that our justice system has failed us.”

Fulcher added: “I believe that once you plead guilty to raping children, molestation charges, you shouldn’t get out of prison at all. You shouldn’t get a second chance.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) reports that the investigation is ongoing and notes that Crooms was arrested on the following charges:

Incest (2 counts)

Aggravated Sexual Battery (2 counts)

Aggravated Child Molestation (2 counts)

Child Molestation (2 counts)

Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes


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