A 55-year-old Jefferson man, accused of abusing a young female victim for six years, had bail reduced to $2,500 July 29 in Knox County Superior Court.

Darrell Crosby was arrested April 1 and charged with one count of unlawful sexual contact and one count of unlawful sexual touching after the victim told her mother she had been abused, said court papers.

Bail was initially set at $10,000 cash, but Justice Joyce Wheeler accepted the proposed amendment, and it was reduced to $2,500. Crosby's family was present during the hearing, and he will return home to live with them upon his release from the Knox County Jail where he has been in custody since his arrest.

Crosby is charged for assaults that occurred in 2006, according to the affidavit. He could face up to nearly 11 years in prison for the offenses.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash with conditions he have no contact with the victim, the victim's immediate family, and children younger than 16.

The offenses stopped in February 2011, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court. The victim told Knox County Sheriff's Detective Justin Twitchell she was 4 years old when the abuse began, said the affidavit.

When interviewed by police, Crosby said he was sexually abused as a child, and that he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and depression. He denied the allegations of abuse, and said he could never put somebody else through what he endured as a child, said the affidavit.

Crosby initially agreed to take a polygraph examination, but did not show up on the date it was scheduled, said the affidavit.

Crosby later told police sexual acts did occur between himself and the victim, but said she had targeted and attacked him, starting when she was 6 years old. When asked further questions, he told police he would not answer more questions until he spoke with an attorney, said court papers.