Former Vols offensive lineman charged with five felonies
A former Tennessee offensive lineman was arrested on Tuesday night on five felony charges, according to a report from The Tennessean.
Mack Crowder, who was with the Volunteers the last five years, was arrested in Pinellas County, Fla., and has been charged with four counts of transmission of material harmful to minors and one count of violating Florida’s Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.
Investigators say Crowder started an online conversation with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl but was actually a Pinellas County Sheriffs Office detective starting on Jan. 21. They say he sent four inappropriate photos and solicited “the minor” to engage in sex acts with him.
According to investigators, Crowder had arranged on Tuesday to meet the girl in Florida, but that’s when Crowder was arrested.
As of late Tuesday, he was free on bond.
Crowder appeared in 11 games for Tennessee last season but made only three starts. That came a season after starting 11 games at center for the Vols in 2014 as a redshirt junior. He also started in the team’s 45-28 win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl to close that season.