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A 16-year-old girl was drugged, raped and sold for sex for four weeks while under the control of a registered sex offender living in a tent in the Marysville river bottoms, police said Wednesday. 553890b9b3a6d_image

Keith Eugene Crouch, 42, and his girlfriend, Esther Rose Campbell, 36, were arrested at their camp east of the E Street Bridge on Tuesday and booked into Yuba County Jail.

Crouch was booked with no bail on suspicion of human trafficking, along with furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, forcible rape, molesting a child, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and attempted lewd acts with a minor.

Campbell was arrested on suspicion of forcible acts of sexual penetration of a minor. Campbell’s bail is set at $630,000.

The Yuba County District Attorney’s Office said they plan to file charges Thursday. Sex crimes are handled by Deputy District Attorney Shiloh Sorbello, who is currently involved in a trial for a forcible rape case that allegedly occurred near the same area in the river bottoms.

Crouch, who was ordered to register as a sex offender because of a child molestation conviction in 1988, allegedly had sex with the girl several times a day.553890baee2de_image

Crouch allegedly solicited other men for money and drugs in exchange for sex with the girl. He provided her with methamphetamine and heroin and threatened her with violence two times when she tried to escape from his tent and his car, according to a statement released from the Marysville Police Department.

The victim reported that Crouch claimed to be a tattoo artist, and drew on her genitals with ink pens for personal pleasure, police said.

Police first came into contact with the girl Feb.19 when a patrol officer stopped a sedan driven by a 60-year-old man leaving the Budget Inn on E Street and found it suspicious that the two claimed they didn’t know each other. The girl was released to Child Protective Services.

A month later Marysville police received a call from a detective in Idaho who said the same girl was reporting numerous crimes that occurred in Marysville between January and February, including rape, sex trafficking, and the furnishing of drugs to a minor.

Detective Sgt. Chris Miller and a Yuba County Victim Witness advocate boarded a plane and flew to Boise, Idaho, to interview the victim, where they learned she had come to the Marysville area after she’d fled from a life skills facility in Denver.

She lived with her uncle in Olivehurst for a week, then with her aunt at the Budget Inn until she saw Crouch and Campbell at a Marysville restaurant. She knew Campbell as a friend of her dead father and had lived with her before, according to police.

She went with them to their camp, where she was provided with an injection of methamphetamine. Several hours later, Crouch allegedly injected the girl with Dilaudid, an opioid pain medication. When she became sedated, the couple raped her, police said.

On Tuesday, officers were called to the river bottoms for a report of gunshots being heard in the area. They discovered Campbell and later found Crouch hiding in his tent. Both were arrested without incident.

Crouch has a significant criminal record both in and out of state.

In Yuba County, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1994, failure to register as a sex offender in 2007, burglary in 2011, and violation of community supervision in 2012. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Oregon in 2014.

The details of his 1988 child molestation case were not immediately available.

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