Update: Rick Crawford pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Orlando to the charge of enticement of a minor.
According to the Clerk’s minutes of the arraignment, the court released Crawford on conditions of release. NBC Sports is reporting Crawford will be under home confinement at his aunt and uncle’s residence.
The former Camping World Truck Series driver was arrested last week and indicted on Wednesday. Crawford is alleged to have communicated for two weeks with an undercover agent about having sex with a 12-year-old girl and agreed to pay between $50 and $75. He was arrested upon arriving for a meeting.
Crawford is said to have told authorities that he would not have gone through with the act if the child turned out to be underage.
A trial date has been set for May 7, 2018.
March 7: A bond hearing will be held Thursday in U.S. District Court in Orlando for former Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford.
Crawford, 59 (pictured in 2009), was arrested last Wednesday in Lake Mary, Florida, and is accused of “attempted enticement” of a minor. According to the criminal complaint, Crawford has been in communication for two weeks with an undercover agent about an arrangement to have sex with a 12-year-old girl after answering a Craigslist advertisement.
The 12-year-old did not exist, and the advertisement of someone “looking for that dark taboo experience” had been placed by the undercover agent who had been posing as the girl’s father. Crawford had agreed to pay between $50 and $75 and asked for photos of the girl be sent to him.
Crawford was arrested when he arrived for the meeting but while he admitted to the communication, denied he was going to meet someone underage. The complaint says Crawford claimed he was showing up to see if the man did indeed have a 12-year-old daughter and that he would not have proceeded if the child were underage.
Crawford competed in the CWTS from 1997-2012, scoring five wins.