Richard Hoyt Crawford Jr. (Photo: Courtesy of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

A former NASCAR driver was indicted by a federal grand jury for trying to set up a sexual encounter with what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl and her father, according to federal authorities.

Richard Hoyt Crawford Jr., 59, faces a single federal account of attempted enticement of a minor, and could face a minimum of 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Crawford was arrested on Feb. 28 as he attempted to get out of his vehicle to make the supposed arranged encounter in a Wendy’s parking lot, according to the court documents.

The sting began on Feb. 10, according to an affidavit. An FBI task force officer posted an advertisement on the “taboo” section of Craigslist looking for “taboo minded ppl, who aren’t afraid of the dark.”

The same day the then-unknown person responded, “Let’s do it,” and the conversation continued.

The undercover agent, who is employed at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, wrote that he was a 50-year-old father with a 12-year old daughter.

The undercover officer responded to several contacts initiated by Crawford, first on Feb. 12, then a week later, then four days later, then three days, then a day after that. Each time Crawford reached out first, according to the affidavit.

“What will it take $$$,” Crawford allegedly wrote in one message.

Crawford requested a picture of the daughter—and the undercover agent replied with a picture of a fellow female law enforcement employee who was between 12 and 13 at the time the picture was taken.

Eventually, the conversation ended with a planned meeting on Feb. 28 at the Wendy’s parking lot off I-4. The officer said he and the “daughter” would be in a van, and Crawford said he would arrive in a Z71 gold Chevrolet pickup truck, according to the court documents.

When Crawford arrived, he backed up to the passenger side of the van. The undercover officer and Crawford rolled their windows down. The officer mentioned the girl was naked in the back of the van and asked if Crawford would want to see her.

Crawford said yes, and started to exit his truck. At that point, he was arrested by other agents, according to the affidavit.

Crawford was charged federally since he used internet and a cellphone—the facilities and means of interstate commerce. But the actions could be considered lewd or lascivious battery under Florida state statute.

Crawford was given his Miranda rights—but then spontaneously denied attempting to meet anyone “underage” or “illegal,” according to the documents. But then he furthermore admitted knowing there was supposed to be a minor involved in the meet-up in the parking lot.

“Crawford acknowledged that the communications indicated that a 12-year-old girl would be involved, but stated that he found that hard to believe,” the officer writes in the affidavit. “He stated he showed up to see whether or not the father had a 12-year-old daughter, but claimed he would not have gone through with it if the child had been underage.”

Crawford could face up to life in prison, based on the federal charge.

Crawford, who competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 1997 to 2009, was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year honors in his first year of competition. He finished in the top 10 in the competition for 2001, according to online records.