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NASCAR Truck: Rick Crawford released into custody of aunt and uncle

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Driver Rich Crawford poses during portraits for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford has been released from federal custody after a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor into sex. He appeared in front of Justice Roy B. Dalton in the US Courthouse for the Middle District of Florida on Thursday and pleaded not guilty. By Dalton’s instructions, Crawford was released into the custody of an aunt and uncle who live in Mobile, Ala.

Crawford was arrested on Feb. 28 outside Orlando, Fla., in connection to his alleged response to an Internet post offering “taboo” contact with a man and his 12-year-old daughter. The post was actually made by an undercover Seminole County (Fla.) sheriff’s deputy as part of an FBI investigation. The 12-year-old girl didn’t actually exist.

After responding to the Internet post, Crawford allegedly conversed with the undercover agent via multiple email and texts over the course of two weeks, expressing interest in a rendezvous, including the 12-year-old girl, at a price between $50 and $75. Crawford’s alleged comments included “I want it all,” referring to intercourse and oral sex with the girl, according an affidavit from the undercover officer.

Crawford was arrested when he showed up for an arranged meeting in a restaurant parking lot. Upon his arrest, he denied he was there to meet an underage girl.

“Crawford acknowledged that the communications indicated that a 12-year old girl would be involved, but stated that he found that hard to believe,” the federal complaint against Crawford read. “He states he showed up to see whether or not the father had a 12 year old daughter, but claimed he would not have gone through with it if the child had been underage.”

A status hearing is scheduled for April 19 and a trial is expected to begin May 7. While in his aunt and uncle’s custody, Crawford will be monitored by GPS, will be prohibited from unsupervised contact with minors, and will not be allowed access to the Internet, firearms, media storage devices or devices that may encrypt content.

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