LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) — An arrest affidavit released Wednesday details disturbing accusations against a former University of Tennessee football player who is accused of making arrangements to have sex with a 14-year-old girl in Pinellas County and sending nude photos of himself to an undercover detective who was posing as the 14-year-old girl.
Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder, 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested at an undisclosed location in Pinellas County on Tuesday evening.
Crowder had been communicating with an undercover detective, who had been posing online as a 14-year-old girl.
According to the arrest affidavit, Crowder started conversing with the undercover detective on Jan. 21 using the mobile cell phone app “Whisper.” The conversations continued and moved to the “KIK” app and then eventually moved to traditional texting on a cell phone.
During the conversations, Crowder acknowledged that he was communicating with a 14-year-old female and made numerous descriptive statements about having sex with her, according to the arrest affidavit.
Crowder also continually asked the detective, who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, to send him nude photos. Crowder sent four photos of his genitals to the detective, according to the affidavit.
The arrest affidavit detailed some of the explicit conversations Crowder had with the girl.
“So if we have sex you won’t get like upset… and say you got raped or something,” he allegedly said in one conversation.
After his arrest, detectives say Crowder admitted to sending nude photos of himself.
He was charged with one count of using a computer for prohibited activity and four counts of transmission of material harmful to minors. All are felony charges.
Crowder was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond.
Crowder played as an offensive linesman for the UT Vols and joined the football program in 2011, but was redshirted. He played his final season with the team last fall. The teams’ website said he played in 11 games and started in three.
Crowder’s arrest was made as part of the PInellas County Sheriff’s Office “Operation Wayfarer.” The operation targets adult males that are seeking out underage females on the internet for the purpose of engaging them in sexual activity.