Former NASCAR driver Rick Crawford arrested for attempting to meet with a 12-year-old girl for sex
Rick Crawford was a reputed NASCAR driver but has now been arrested by federal agents for attempting to solicit sex from a 12-year-old girl. He responded to an online ad which claimed he would be allowed to have sex with the girl if he paid for it.
Former NASCAR and American professional stock car racing driver Richard Hoyt Crawford Jr. was apprehended by federal authorities in Lake Mary, Florida after the 59-year-old responded to an online ad which claimed he would be allowed to have sex with a 12-year-old girl if he paid for it.
Orlando’s WKMG TV station cited a report penned by federal agents involved in the sting operation for details. An undercover agent, who was assigned to an FBI task force investigating child sex crimes, had posted an ad online on February 10 which stated that he was on the lookout for 'taboo-minded people' who are looking for that 'dark taboo experience.'
The agent then received a response from Crawford, who replied with a 'Let's do it,' and began hashing out the arrangements which would let him have sex with the 12-year-old girl. The agent posed as the imaginary 12-year-old's father, claiming that he would allow Crawford to have sex with his daughter if he paid for it.
According to NY Daily News, who obtained some of the court documents regarding the case, Crawford stated in his emails: "$$$. Is no problem," and "I'm OK with rules. Say when." He was eventually set to pay between $50 and $75 for the deal.
The report states that Crawford readily agreed to the agent's terms and later began asking for pictures of the girl. He is said to have received those pictures, but they were not of the girl; they were that of a female agent from when she was roughly around the same age.
The federal complaint reads: "On February 27, 2018, Crawford replied via text messages, ‘Hi Mike, I’m Mike also." "I responded, ‘you previously said you wanted to fu** and su**, so I assume oral both ways and just straight sex since she doesn't do anal & I watch if that's still cool."
Crawford responded. 'Yes, Very cool. Awesome.' During the conversation, Crawford asked how much money it would cost, tried to arrange for a time to meet on February 28, and Crawford again asked for a picture of my notional 12-year-old daughter. I replied with a picture (of a law enforcement employee who was 12 to 13 years old at the time the picture was taken) and told Crawford that my notional daughter would be 13-years-old in August.
When asked if he had done something like this before, Crawford replied with 'Paid for it. Yes,' and the pair continued to exchange texts, messages, and emails. He is said to have asked: "Will she be dressed. Or Like naked and ready," to which the agent replied: "UR paying u tell me as well as what ur plans are." They eventually agreed to meet one another on February 28 so that the deal would go through.
The finer details of the arrangement were soon also decided and Crawford was set to meet with the man and his daughter at the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant on Lake Mary Boulevard. The meeting was set to take place at 1 pm and would continue until the pair became 'cool with each other.' Crawford could then follow them home or 'play' in their van.
When Crawford arrived at the scene, the agent is said to have texted him: "She's naked in the back. Do you want to get out and see her?" When the former NASCAR driver replied in the affirmative, Crawford was led out of the truck he had driven in on and was taken into custody by federal agents.
Crawford reportedly protested the arrest vehemently, telling the agents with prompting that he was not there to meet anyone 'underage' or 'illegal.' He said that he was in the parking lot to check whether the man had a 12-year-old daughter and that if he did, he would not have gone through with the deal.
The arrest and possible long-term jail sentence mark a sharp fall in grace for Crawford, who had racked up five career wins and 160 top ten finishes in his 17 years of racing with the Camping World Truck Series before retiring in 2012. The Alabama native was also a NASCAR driver for more than 12 years and drove from 1997 and 2009.
Crawford also held the record for the most consecutive starts in the Camping World Truck Series, racing in 210 consecutive races between 1997 and 2005 before an injury made him miss one race. He then would go on to race continuously once more, not missing another one until 2011.
Since the end of his career, Crawford was the promoter and manager at Mobile International Speedway, his home track, in Irvington, Alabama. He also was serving as the crew chief for Team Stange Racing in the ARCA Racing Series.
Records show that Crawford has been booked into the Seminole County Jail on a felony charge of attempted enticement of a minor. If convicted he could face a mandatory minimum of 10 years incarceration in federal court. If it's proven that he was traveling with the intent to engage in sexual conduct, he could face up to 20 years behind bars. He is currently being held without bond.
At his initial appearance in court on March 1, US Magistrate Judge Karla R. Spaulding signed an order of temporary detention. Crawford's next court date is set for March 8, 2018, at 2 pm and he has been assigned a public defender.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the news of Crawford's arrest:
While I think humor can be found in almost any story, IMO there is NO room for it in the Rick Crawford news. I just feel sadness for all, for those close to him, who know him & most importantly for the real kids who aren't FBI and for this sick damn world— Drunken Brian France (@DrunkBrianF) 4 March 2018
if you defend Rick Crawford then you're sick in the head, I have a hard time believing he hasn't hurt children in some way or shape before— #1 Alex Bowman fan (@Dustyjumpwings) 4 March 2018
I need eye bleach after reading that rick crawford story— make like a computer and get with the program (@VeryFakePhil) 3 March 2018
I hope the worst thing we learn about Rick Crawford is that he was stopped before he could act.— The Wolf of NASCAR🏔 (@CitizenKBA) 4 March 2018
Well... he deserves everything he gets... this is far worse than what I expected. Rick Crawford should be in jail for life. https://t.co/tmkTDlB3hk— RCRPlayoffBoundCJ (@cj_mirk31) 4 March 2018
Lots of people in racing who texted and emailed with Rick Crawford have to be really nervous right now. No worries if there's nothing to hide...— New Beginnings Cone (@TheOrangeCone) 5 March 2018
It's really hard reading every thing people are saying about Rick Crawford. Hung out with him and the Circle Bar team quite a bit at the track. Considered him a friend. But if he's guilty, he deserves to be behind bars. The charges are sickening. Not the guy I knew.— The_Lone_wolf #NFB (@Ben_TheLoneWolf) 4 March 2018
Lock him up and throw away the key!It truly beggars belief as to why sexual predators are serving far shorter sentences than nonviolent drug offenders!— Samantha Moodley (@agentcurieuse) 4 March 2018
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