A former Ann Arbor priest, who also served in Hillsdale and Jackson, has entered a plea agreement in a sex abuse investigation that will send him to jail. 

74 year-old Timothy Crowley pled guilty to two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in a plea hearing held last week in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. 

The plea was announced by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

In a statement issued by her office, Nessel said She’s “Grateful to have obtained some measure of justice” in the case. 

Crowley was arrested in Tempe, Arizona in 2019, following an investigation by Michigan State Police into allegations of sexual misconduct involving an altar boy who told investigators he was ten years old when the alleged abuse began in 1982–It continued while crowley served at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hillsdale in the mid-1980’s and at St. Thomas Rectory in Ann Arbor. 

The case was dismissed after a preliminary examination, but the Attorney General’s office successfully had the decision reversed in the Court of Appeals.
As part of the sentencing agreement, Crowley will be on probation for five years. He will spend the first year in jail, undergo sex offender treatment, and be required to register as a sex offender. The sentencing is scheduled for November 8, 2023, at 1:30 pm in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. 

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