Maupin pleads guilty to stealing signs about missing Bardstown woman

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Crystal Maupin

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) — The woman accused of stealing signs seeking information about a missing Bardstown woman pleaded guilty in court Tuesday morning.

Crystal Maupin did not did show up to face the judge, but her attorney entered the guilty plea on her behalf to a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

Maupin admitted to stealing signs about the search for Crystal Rogers, who has been missing more than two years. The signs were stolen in July. Maupin is currently dating Brooks Houck, who is Rogers’ former boyfriend and the only named suspect in her disappearance.

Houcks has not been charged in connection to Crystal’s disappearance, but coincidentally appeared in court Tuesday on unrelated traffic charges.

Maupin received a 60 day suspended sentence with a two year conditional discharge. That means Maupin will be on probation for two years, but she will serve 60 days in jail, if she violates the terms.

“If she messes up, she will serve that time, so I’m satisfied with what happened this morning,” Sherry Ballard said.

Ballard is Crystal Rogers’ mother. Maupin is also barred from having contact with Ballard for a period of two years.

“She took those signs, she should be held responsible for that, she was guilty of that and she should be punished for what she did,” Ballard said.

Several members of the Ballard family joined Sherry in court on Tuesday. Maupin was ordered to write an apology letter to Ballard, but Ballard says she wishes it was an apology to her family and entire community.

35-year-old Crystal Rogers was last seen July 3, 2015.  The car owned by the mother of five was found abandoned on the side of Bluegrass Parkway two days later.

Tragedy struck again for Rogers’ family in November 2016, when her father Tommy Ballard was shot and killed while hunting on family property. Kentucky State Police are treating the incident as a death investigation.

Tuesday’s court proceedings were a small victory for a family that has been waiting for justice.

“It’s small but finally something happened for me, you know, that’s going in my direction for once,” Ballard said. “This is just kind of a break through for me, it means a whole lot to me.”

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