Special Victims Unit Arrest

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Special Victims Unit
Judicial Operations Bureau
-Violent Offender Warrants Unit (VOWU)

Mackenzie Crowder (Arrested)
DOB:  12/23/1992
Address: 2210 Forest Avenue North, Unit 101, Knoxville, Tennessee
Arrested for one-count certain use of computer services prohibited and four-counts of transmission of harmful material

What:
Detectives have arrested University of Tennessee football player Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder after he sought out and engaged in an online sexual conversation with whom he thought was a 14-year-old female.

The arrest was made as part of the Sheriff’s Office “Operation Wayfarer.” This operation targets adult males that are seeking out underage females on the internet for the purpose of engaging them in sexual activity. (See release #16-020 for additional information.)

When:
The suspect was arrested at about 6:45 p.m. on February 16, 2016.

Where:
The suspect was arrested at an undisclosed location in Pinellas County.

Why/How:
According to investigators assigned to the Special Victims Unit (SVU), 23-year-old Mackenzie “Mack” Crowder engaged in an on line conversation with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old minor beginning on January 21, 2016.

Throughout the course of various online engagements, Crowder sent four photographs of his sexual organ to the “minor.” Detectives also say that on several occasions, Crowder enticed or solicited the minor to engage in sexual acts with him.

On February 16, 2015, Crowder made arrangements to meet with the minor at an undisclosed Pinellas location, at which time deputies took him into custody.

Detectives say that 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.

Crowder was arrested for one-count certain use of computer services prohibited and four-counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor. He was subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

The investigation continues.

Posted by Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:24:00 AM Categories: General News

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