Published: Sep 09, 2010 8:36 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 09, 2010 5:36 PM EDT

LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) - A former conservative preacher convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill his lover's husband has died in Florida.

George Crossley collapsed Wednesday at the Altamonte Springs radio station WEUS-810 AM, where he was a talk-show host. The station's owner said Thursday that Crossley died at a Longwood hospital.

As an evangelical Christian preacher with a radio and television ministry in the 1980s, Crossley called for bans on strip clubs, sex education and some Judy Blume children's books.

He served 40 months in prison for trying to hire an undercover federal agent to kill his lover's husband in 1996.

After prison, Crossley founded CopWatch, a civilian group monitoring police behavior, and led the American Civil Liberties Union's Central Florida chapter.