Pinellas Sheriff Accuses UT Football Player of Sending Sexual Photos of Himself to a “Minor”
The charges arise out of the Pinellas sheriff’s “Operation Wayfarer,” which targets adult men who seek out underage females on the internet for the purpose of engaging them in sexual activity.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a University of Tennessee football player and accused him of seeking out and engaging in an online sexual conversation with a person whom he thought was a 14-year-old female.
Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder, 23, of Knoxville, TN, was arrested about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16), according to the Pinellas County Sheriff. He was charged with one-count certain use of computer services prohibited and four-counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor. The arrest was made as part of the Sheriff’s Office “Operation Wayfarer.” This operation targets adult males who are seeking out underage females on the internet for the purpose of engaging them in sexual activity.
Deputies said that, throughout the course of various online engagements, Crowder sent four photographs of his sexual organ to the “minor.” Detectives also said that, on several occasions, Crowder enticed or solicited the minor to engage in sexual acts with him. On Tuesday (Feb. 16), Crowder made arrangements to meet with the minor at an undisclosed Pinellas location, at which time deputies took him into custody. During the interview, Crowder admitted to sending the four photos and admitted having knowledge that he was communicating with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl, according to deputies.
For information about the Pinellas County Sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
Booking photo of Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff.
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