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Charges, sentence dropped for former Pagosa school principal

On June 18, charges and a resulting sentence of probation against a former Pagosa Springs educator were dropped by District Court Judge Gregory Lyman.

In March, Lisa Crosslin and her husband, Terry, both of Edmond, Okla., entered “no contest” pleas in District Court following an October incident related to the particulars of a divorce and its associated decrees.

The plea deals included deferred charges of first-degree criminal trespass, a class-five felony, and misdemeanor charges of theft under $500. The plea deal was the same for both Crosslins, with one felony and one misdemeanor charge for each.

The deferred sentence meant that, if and when the Crosslins successfully completed the terms of their probation sentences, their records would show the felony charges as dismissed.

In late May, Crosslin’s attorney, Richard Jaye of Durango, filed a request to have probation terminated early, on the grounds that Crosslin met all financial obligations and that a job offer in education administration was dependent on the case being dismissed.

The request also stated that Crosslin’s probation officers recommended early termination.

An order filed June 18 by Lyman terminated the probation and dismissed the charges.

Crosslin issued the following statement after the dismissal: “When I received the news the Court had dismissed the charges against me, I was overwhelmed. The past three months have been difficult, but they have strengthened my faith and helped me appreciate the love of friends and family, whose prayers and support have been my rock. I am ready to put this behind me, move ahead and see what blessings await me.”

At the time of the infraction (entering her former residence and removing items), Crosslin was paying the mortgage on the home given to her through a divorce decree to avoid it going further in arrears, but temporary orders in the decree left ownership of the house with Crosslin’s ex-husband, Paul Hudson.

Two weeks later, permanent ownership of the house was given to Crosslin, she said, but she had already received a letter from Hudson stating he had vacated the home and moved out of state by the time she entered the home.

“She was exercising what she thought were her marital rights,” Jaye said in court in March, adding that entering the property without a court order was a mistake.

randi@pagosasun.com

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