Man charged in son’s death in 1990s back in court

Posted Oct. 28, 2008, at 11:02 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:17 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A Maine man who went to prison 15 years ago for his role in the death of his 2½-year-old son is on trial in the same courtroom on sex charges.

Rocky Crowley is being tried in Androscoggin County Superior Court on charges of sexually abusing his stepdaughter’s best friend, who was 14 years old when it began.

Crowley’s lawyer says the allegations come from a girl who surrounds herself in drama. Defense lawyer Mike Dubois cited the alleged victim’s page on myspace.com, where she says she’s from “Dramaville” and that she holds grudges and usually gets what she wants.

In 1993, Crowley was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from the death of Chase Vincent Crowley.

The boy’s mother, Sherrie Cotton, was convicted of stuffing a sock in the child’s mouth to stop his crying. She served three years in prison.

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