Crime

Pleasant Gap convicted pedophile wants independent evaluation

Eric Crader, 33, of Pleasant Gap was in court Thursday, days before his sentencing on more than 1,000 counts of child rape, indecent assault, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual assault with a child and other related charges.

Public defender Richard Settgast asked Judge Bradley Lunsford to appoint a separate expert to evaluate his client’s status as a sexually violent predator.

According to Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob, Crader has a right to challenge the state’s expert, who has already made that determination.

Crader will be sentenced Tuesday. The agreement made when he entered his guilty plea calls for a sentence of 50-100 years in prison. The defense request will not delay the sentence, which will only impact Crader’s parole and classification status, Boob said.

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