Disgraced Alabama priest marries teen he met at high school

Published 8:37 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The disgraced Alabama Catholic priest who made headlines when he abandoned his post and fled to Italy with a teenage girl he met while she was in high school has married the young woman, court records show.

Alex Crow, 30, and 18-year-old Taylor Harrison have officially married, Mobile County court records show. Documents show Crow and Harrison signed the document Friday and the court processed it on Monday.

Crow and Harrison allegedly met while she was a student at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and he was a priest in the area who came to the school from time to time to talk with students and hear confessions.

The Archdiocese of Mobile rebuked Crow this summer after diocese officials learned Crow had abandoned his post and traveled to Italy with Harrison. He was banned from performing any priestly duties or dressing like a priest.

Crow was initially investigated by law enforcement to determine if, perhaps, a crime was committed since he was in a position of authority and the girl was a student at the time.

After the pair returned from Italy in recent days and the teen reportedly refused to speak with investigators and as a result both the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said their investigations were closed.