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Former NASCAR driver arrested for attempted underage sex

4 years 5 months 5 days ago Monday, March 05 2018 Mar 5, 2018 March 05, 2018 5:50 AM March 05, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Orlando Sentinel

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A former NASCAR driver has been arrested on a federal charge of trying to entice a minor for sex.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 59-year-old Rick Crawford was arrested Thursday in Lake Mary after he had been communicating about having sex with an undercover sheriff's deputy posing as a 12-year-old girl.

Authorities say Crawford and the undercover deputy were communicating for more than two weeks when he negotiated a time and place to meet up.

Court records show Crawford agreed to pay between $50 and $75 and that they would meet in a parking lot.

Crawford told investigators he didn't believe the girl was 12 and would not have followed through with sex if she turned out to be underage.

Crawford raced in the NASCAR truck-series from 1997 to 2013.

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