Former Tennessee OL Mack Crowder arrested in child sex sting
Former Tennessee offensive lineman Mack Crowder was arrested in Florida on Tuesday in connection to a child sex sting, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Crowder, 23, was booked on four counts of sending material harmful to a minor and one count of using a computer for a prohibited purpose after engaging in a sexual online conversation with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
He also attempted to entice the girl, who was actually an undercover officer, to engage in sexual acts with him, and sent her four photographs of his genitalia. He was arrested at an undisclosed meet up point.
The arrest was made as part of a larger operation, dubbed “Operation Wayfarer,” which was conducted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office from Jan. 20–24 and aimed at targeting men who sought after sexual engagements with underage girls they met on the internet.
The arrest was first reported by WFLA.
Crowder, originally from Bristol, Tenn., played at Tennessee from 2011–2015.