A Teton County man is accused of touching and kissing teenage girls during an underage party at his Wilson home.

In court documents filed late last week by the Teton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, William Crothers, 53, is charged with sexual battery, two counts of unlawful contact, breach of peace and permitting a house party where minors were present.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office said the groping and kissing happened May 11.

“The defendant, William Michael Crothers, unlawfully subjected the victim to sexual contact of the victim’s intimate parts or the clothing covering the victim’s intimate parts,” court documents state.

The documents also allege Crothers kissed the underage victim and another underage victim on the lips, which is why he’s charged with two counts of unlawful contact.

The alleged incidents were reported May 15 to deputies, Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon said.

Crothers was originally cited for unlawful contact and breach of peace. The sexual battery charge was added at 5 p.m. Thursday by Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Zane Aukee.

The breach of peace charge alleges Crothers “used threatening, abusive, or obscene language and disturbed the peace of a community or its inhabitants.”

Unlawful contact, breach of peace and permitting an underage party are misdemeanors, and each carries maximum possible penalties of six months in jail and/or $750 in fines.

Sexual battery is a high misdemeanor that carries the possibility of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Crothers hired defense attorney Chris Lundberg to represent him. No new court dates had been set in the case as of Tuesday.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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