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Former NASCAR driver Rick Crawford charged with attempted enticement of a child

Rick Crawford (Seminole County Sheriff's Office) Rick Crawford (Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

Former NASCAR Truck Series driver and Mobile native Rick Crawford was arrested in Seminole County, Florida and charged with attempted enticement of a child. 

Investigators said Crawford, who now lives in Port Orange, Florida, was arrested during an undercover sting where he attempted to set up a time to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. 

According to federal court documents, an undercover FBI investigator posed as a father trying to sell sex with his daughter. 

The detective said Crawford replied to an online posting on February 10 that was looking for people seeking a "taboo experience." The undercover detective said he told Crawford he was a 50-year-old man with a 12-year-old daughter. 

Investigators said Crawford wrote back, "Let's do it. Let me know where" and "How much were you thinking."

The detective replied, "the $$$ is dependent on what you want to do or have done." 

Investigators said Crawford then wrote, "Ok. I want it all." 

The detective said Crawford asked for an address and told the detective he was ready to meet that night. But the detective did not reply to those messages. 

On February 12, investigators said Crawford sent another message asking to meet up. The detective did not reply until February 19. He told Crawford that the girl was "pretty busy with dance after school and some projects" and that the meeting would have to take place the next week. 

According to investigators, Crawford wrote back saying, "That's fine. What are the rules. Next week is good for me too," and "$$$. Is no problem." He also asked for a photo of the 12-year-old girl. 

Investigators said Crawford sent a message on February 23 that said, "Good morning. You want to plan for next week." 

Detectives did not reply to that message. 

On February 26, investigators said Crawford wrote, "Good morning. She want to play. This week."

The detective replied, "sorry been busy...we never discussed $$$."

Investigators said Crawford wrote back, "What will it take $$$."

The next morning, investigators said Crawford wrote, "Let me know. How much. Thanks."

The detective then said he wanted to communicate via text message and with an email address that wasn't going through Craigslist. 

The FBI agent said Crawford sent a text to the phone number he provided. The two then discussed the sexual contact that would happen and Crawford asked how much money it would cost.

The detective said Crawford again asked for a photo of the daughter. The detective sent a picture of a law enforcement employee who is now an adult but was 12 or 13 years old when the picture was taken. The detective said he then told Crawford that the daughter would turn 13 in August. 

Investigators said Crawford then asked, "Will she be dressed. Or like naked and ready."

The detective replied, "UR paying u tell me as well as what ur plans are."

Investigators said Crawford then described the sexual contact he wanted to have with the child. 

The detective then asked if Crawford has ever done this before. Investigators said Crawford replied, "Paid for it. Yes." Court documents said Crawford then asked for more pictures of the 12-year-old. 

Detectives said Crawford eventually agreed to pay $50 to $75 for the sexual activity and agreed to meet the following afternoon. 

That meeting happened in a parking lot on February 28. Investigators said Crawford parked next to the detective's van and both rolled their windows down. The detective said he told Crawford the girl was naked in the back of the van and asked if he wanted to see her. Investigators said Crawford then got out of his truck and was taken into custody. 

According to investigators, without any prompting, Crawford said he wasn't there to meet anyone underage or illegal. Detectives said Crawford later told them the messages indicated that a 12-year-old girl would be involved in the meeting, but he found that hard to believe. Investigators said Crawford claimed that he would not have gone through with it if the child had been underage. 

He is being held without bond in a jail in Sanford, Florida and is due in court on March 8. 

Crawford began his racing career winning races and championships at Mobile International Speedway and Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. He moved to the NASCAR Truck Series in 1997 and won five races over his 15-year career. Crawford returned to Mobile International Speedway in 2011 and worked as the track manager and promoter for two years. 

According to racing news website, Crawford was recently a member of NASCAR's Motorsports Appeals Panel, but has been removed from that position. 

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