A former NASCAR truck series driver was busted in Florida after being caught in a sting trying to meet with a 12-year-old girl for sex, authorities say.
Rick Crawford, 59, was charged with attempted enticement of a minor after speaking with an undercover Florida officer who pretended to be the girl’s father.
“$$$. Is no problem,” Crawford responded in an email at one point, according to court documents obtained by the Daily News. “I’m OK with rules. Say when.”
The suspect, listed in the complaint as Richard Hoyt Crawford, Jr., later asked for a picture of the girl and asked how much money it would cost, cops said. The undercover officer said he would get back to Crawford.
During another exchange with the officer, Crawford would try to arrange for a time to meet with the girl on Feb. 28, the court records state, and “again” asked for a picture of the girl. The officer provided a picture of a “law enforcement employee” who was 12 or 13 at the time the picture was taken.
Crawford was later asked if he had done this before, and he said, “Paid for it. Yes,” according to the documents.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, David Boroff