Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford faces 10 or more years in prison after he was found guilty of enticing a minor Thursday.
Crawford was arrested in Florida in early March after he attempted to set up a sexual encounter with who he thought was a pre-teen girl. Crawford had texted back and forth with an undercover police officer posing as the girl’s father. Crawford then agreed to meet in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Lake Mary, Florida, and was arrested there.
He tried to explain during his trial this week that he would not have done anything when and if he found out the girl was a minor. The jury found him guilty after a brief deliberation Thursday. Crawford’s sentencing hearing is set for late November.
The Alabama native won five races over a 16-year career in NASCAR’s third-tier series. He was second in the points standings in 2002 and was a top-10 driver in seven different Truck Series seasons. Crawford was also a member of NASCAR’s appeals panel following his driving career. NASCAR removed him from it after his arrest.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.