A Lauderdale County judge has denied a request by a man accused of child sexual abuse to travel to Mississippi and donate a kidney to his brother.
Circuit Judge Gilbert Self denied a motion by attorneys for Kelly Dale Crotts, 47, who earlier this month asked for permission to travel to New Albany, Miss., about 100 miles away.
According to court documents, Crotts’ brother is “experiencing health problems” and his physicians have identified Crotts as a potential donor for a kidney. However, more tests are needed.
In a one-page order Thursday, Self denied the motion without comment.
Crotts’ attorneys argued he was not a flight risk.
Crotts was previously indicted by a grand jury with three counts of indecent exposure, two counts of child abuse with sexual motivation and two counts of second-degree sex abuse. He is currently out on $43,500 bond and cannot leave the state without authorization.
He also faces a lawsuit filed by three people who say that Cornerstone Church of Christ enabled him to victimize children while he worked in various leadership positions at the church.