Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford was caught in a setup developed by the police. The police conceived the setup as a strategy to tackle sex crime against minors. Crawford fell right in the trap when he was arrested for travelling to meet a minor.
Crawford Fell in a Phishing Setup
Crawford was negotiating a deal via text with an undercover police officer who was posing as the father of the girl. When Crawford showed up to the agreed parking spot in the middle of the night, he was immediately arrested.
“The statue doesn’t require the presence of a minor on the other end,” explains defense lawyer Jonathan Rose. “The vast majority of sex offenders are caught in a phishing simulation elaborated by the police. Officers try to catch people who intend to commit a sex crime before they actually commit it. The law punishes people who plan to commit a crime.”
Crawford was entitled to the Miranda warning, which is a right to silence warning given by police in the United States. The warning, which also can be referred to as a person’s Miranda rights, is a set of rights offered to criminal suspects in police custody before they are interrogated. The goal of the warning is to preserve the admissibility of their statements against them in criminal proceedings.
Crawford then worsened his situation by foregoing his Miranda rights and trying to explain himself. “Crawford made a mistake by disregarding his Miranda rights,” states Jonathan Rose who has 19 years of experience as a defense lawyer. “If he hadn’t said anything, his lawyers would’ve had a better ability to construct a defense case for him. Crawford aggravated his case by not keeping mum.”
“If his defense attorney could produce objective evidence that neutralizes the prosecutor’s and the judge’s concerns about Crawford, there is a possibility that he could get a more lenient sentence,” affirms Rose. “If the Abel testing results showed that Crawford’s sexual interests are normative, his defense attorney could use the information to his advantage.”