Former NASCAR driver Rick Crawford was found guilty Thursday by a federal jury in Orlando, Florida of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Arrested in early March, an undercover sting operation caught Crawford. He pleaded not guilty. His trial took three days.
Crawford’s sentence hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26, and he faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years or up to life in prison.
The 60-year-old Crawford answered a Craigslist ad posted in February by an undercover agent posing as the father of a 12-year-old girl. Crawford had agreed to pay between $50-75, requested photos and eventually set a meeting where he was arrested.
Crawford later claimed he showed up to see if the man did have a 12-year-old daughter and would not have proceeded. Additional details can be found here.
A former competitor in the Camping World Truck Series, Crawford scored five wins in 336 starts. His last came in 2012. Crawford also made two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.