Sex Sting in Jacksonville nets 17 Arrests

Peter D Aiken
Sex Sting Lawyer
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September 5 2018

Operation D.U.V.A.L, an Internet sex sting run by the Duval County Sheriff’s office, this week resulted in the arrest of seventeen men for purportedly targeting children on the Internet.

The details of the arrest are not yet posted, and all we have so far is the law enforcement “spin” on what really happened. Were the men really seeking children or were law enforcement detectives working in an undercover capacity seeking men with bait and switch ads on social media sites? Often, there is an incentive for the police agencies to produce results if they have taken federal money or grants from ICAC. It will be interesting to see which social media sites were used now that Craigslist casual encounters and Backpage.com have been taken down.
In St. Johns County, in the last sting, police were posting on adult escort sites and then running the “bait and switch” claiming or pretending to then be minors. The Internet is a dangerous place for children but it is also a dangerous place for lonely men. Over the years, I have represented a number of intellectually challenged men with autism who fall for the police entrapment techniques. What I have learned is that you cannot believe the press reports put out by the various Sheriff’s departments. When you actually look into the facts and the evidence of what really happened, many times it is the police doing the luring, seducing and enticing. The police will first pretend to be an adult woman, posting on an adult site. When they get a response, in the first three or four chats, they will say “I am really 14”. Many men continue with the chat out of curiosity.The undercover detectives will pretend to be a 13 or 14 year old trying to lure the men into traveling and meeting.

Curiosity killed the cat!

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. If you stumble into this type of situation, never, no never travel to meet a minor. If someone on a social media site even hints they are underage, terminate all texting and chat. The police will arrest you for even chatting or texting with a minor, even if you do not travel. The world is full of adult women anxious to have sex (just like men). Don’t even think about hooking up with a kid. There are no teen age girls out there that want someone to “teach them about sex”. It is always a cop, always! They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.

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Internet Stings and the Intellectually Disabled

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
Experienced in Sex Crime Defense
thesexoffenderdefender.com
941-366-3506

August 18 2018

 

Not a month goes by in Florida than some Sheriff or local police department runs one of their Internet sex stings. In almost every sting intellectually disabled men get arrested. Many of them have a disability within the Autistic spectrum. What the police and prosecutors do not understand is that a person with Autism often does not appear to be disabled. They often can navigate the Internet, drive and hold jobs. What they lack are the social skills and most often judgment. They are easily manipulated by savvy detectives trying to make arrests and cases.
The police will post on various social media and dating sites pretending to be an adult, often with suggestive posts like get me pregnant. They will engage the lonely and socially awkward man with suggestive chat and after getting him interested then tell him that they are 14 or 15 years old. The police as part of their bait and switch entrapment techniques will often send a picture of a smiling suggestively posed female. They provide the autistic man with visual and verbal cues and often lure them into traveling to a take down location. After arresting them, they intimidate them into making statements totally taken out of context. To the police, the disabled man is an easy target. The truly sad thing is that many prosecutors do not understand Autism. They confuse the issue of Autism and legal competence and end up prosecuting the Autistic defendant and making them ultimately become registered sex offenders.
Many criminal defense attorneys sadly do not understand this disability and are clueless as to how to defend an autistic or mentally challenged defendant. It is the defense attorneys job to often educate the Judge and the prosecutor. In many jurisdictions like Sarasota and Manatee County, many of the judges come straight out of the prosecutors office, and having never represented a real human being, are unaware and uneducated when it comes to men with this disability. The intellectually disabled are the low hanging fruit and easily lured into compromising situations by police with ICAC grants seeking to justify funds received.
If you have an Autistic child or relative that has become a victim in one of these stings, make sure you hire a criminal defense lawyer experienced in defending the intellectually disabled. Their life is tough enough without being given the label of registered sex offender. I have handled over forty sex sting cases and in my experience I have found that about 20% involve men that have intellectual disabilities or judgment issues that have not been previously diagnosed. Many were special education students in grade and high school and although not legally incompetent are socially incompetent and easily entrapped.

 

 

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ARRESTED IN AN INTERNET SEX STING?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
Experienced in Sex Crime Defense
thesexoffenderdefender.com
941-366-3506

About: ATTORNEY PETER D. AIKEN

Has a loved one or relative been arrested in an Internet sex sting operation? Do you want a lawyer with knowledge and experience in defending cases from sex sting operations? Many criminal defense lawyers claim extensive experience in sex crime defense. Few actually have it.
Peter Aiken, the sex sting lawyer, has defended over thirty Internet sex sting cases throughout Florida has a hands on working knowledge of what law enforcement is actually doing.

If a relative or loved on was arrested for a sex related crime do not assume they are guilty.

The truth about Sex Stings:

Most of the sex stings target young gullible men in adult dating sites. Law enforcement trolls adult dating sites posing as another adult. After tricking men into chatting, with bait and switch tactics, they change the age and lure and seduce men who had no intention of interacting with a child into continuing to chat, text and sometimes meet. Entrapment is a Defense

Ask yourself these questions:

Were you in an adult site looking for an adult?

Did you respond to an adult profile?

Did they contact you on a dating site?

Did they initially lie about age?

Did they bring up sex or talk suggestively?

Did they invite you over or suggest a meeting?

Did they prey on your loneliness?

Being weak, lonely, inexperienced or gullible is not a crime.

The truth is that many of the sex sting operations are politically motivated by local Sheriffs that want publicity when it comes to reelection. Sex stings also generate money in terms of car forfeitures, fines and costs. Public humiliation and lifetime registration as a sex offender is the result. Do not give up without a fight, and have a real fighter in your corner.

Speak with the lawyer that will handle your case

About: ATTORNEY PETER D. AIKEN

 

Is the gay sex sting still running in Sarasota

Attorney Peter D Aiken
Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
Experienced Sex Sting Defense Attorneys

May 26 2018

Is the gay sex sting still running in Sarasota

 

For the past week the sheriff here in Sarasota has been running an Internet Sex Sting targeting gay men. There have been 18 arrests that have mostly been not reported on the official records. When the stings are running and people are being arrested, the sheriff and the clerk of Court do not allow the information to get out. This makes it really tough for the guys that get arrested to contact relatives or bondsmen. You have a right to an attorney, but if you are sitting in the Sarasota jail, they dont make contacting an attorney very easy. That is why initially, most of the men have the public defender appointed. As the men are bonded out, those that can afford it seek private defense attorneys.

So far, only one out of eighteen men has been able to hire their own personal attorney.

The right to an attorney is an important constitutional right. For that right to mean anything at all, it is important for the attorney to know what he is doing and important the he be able to effectively represent his client. In that regard, experience is a big deal. Not all lawyers handle a lot of sex crime cases. Not all lawyers really understand how these sex stings are run by the police. I have done over 40 of the sex sting cases all over FloridaIt is critical for the lawyer to understand the law when it comes to entrapment. It is critical for the attorney to understand the State Attorneys policy when it comes to sex stings. It is critical for the attorney to understand the Internet, the computer programs and the methods the police use to lure unsuspecting men into compromising situations.

There are defenses to these types of cases

Sadly, many of the men arrested sometimes are mentally challenged. Sometimes it may rise to the level of legal incompetence (if they have autism) and sometimes it is a mitigating factor, depending on the degree of the intellectual disability. The lawyer absolutely has to understand the law and the procedure when it comes to raising legal issues with respect to incompetency.

It is critical that family and friends not abandon those charged in internet sex stings. You cannot believe what you see and hear on television when the press release is finally made. The Sheriff will always say that we are keeping the children of Sarasota safe. What they do not report is the fact that most of the time, they are creating a crime, not detecting or preventing one. There were 16 men arrested in Lee County (Ft. Myers) and once again, it was a gay sting. This has to be a bad week for the gay community with 34 men being arrested

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Cops targeting Gay Guys on Grinder in Sarasota

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
Experienced in Sex Crime Defense
thesexoffenderdefender.com
941-366-3506

May 21 2018

Cops targeting Gay Guys on Grinder in Sarasota

From what I am hearing, there have been a bunch of arrests this weekend in Sarasota as a result of cops on Grinder pretending to be twinks baiting older guys with suggestive sexual innuendo.

When the guys travel they get busted for traveling to meet a minor to engage in sex after soliciting on the Internet.
The real issue is who is doing the real solicitation.
Is it the undercover twink chatter or is it the older guy? Only time will tell as these new cases work their way through the Court system. In the meantime, these guys sit with high bonds with literally the rest of their life on the line.

This answers the question of which applications the police are going to use to keep running the sex stings. Since Backpage.com and Craigslist Casual Encounters got shut down everyone has been wondering how it will affect the ICAC sex stings. Grinder unlike the prostitution sites is for consenting gay adults. Evidently, now with the prostitution sites taken down the police are going to have to settle for targeting gay guys. As a sex sting lawyer, in the past, only a tiny percentage of the men arrested were gay. This represents a major shift by law enforcement now going after the men on the remaining sites that have not been taken down.
If you are gay, and anyone even remotely suggests they are underage, do not even chat with them. You can get arrested for just talking, much less doing something. The best way not to get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never under any circumstances send a dick pic to anyone even remotely underage. A conviction for traveling to meet a minor can result in you becoming a registered sex offender and can destroy your life. Never text or chat with anyone that says they are remotely underage. If you plan on hooking up, demand proof of age. Do not assume that because they may say they are of legal age that they are. Demand a verified photo ID before you do anything. Do not assume that if you meet a young man in a bar that he is of legal age. Your life is at stake. AGE VERIFY ALWAYS.

Is there another sex sting running now in Sarasota ?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
Experienced in Sex Crime Defense
thesexoffenderdefender.com
941-366-3506

May 2018

Is there another sex sting running now in Sarasota?

Sarasota is long overdue for anotherInternet Sex sting. Now that Craigslist Casual Encounters has been taken down and now that Backpage.com has been shut down it will be interesting to see how law enforcement entices men to respond to their ICAC investigations. My bet is that they will be using the smart phone applications like Tinder, snapchat and other dating sites like Meetme.com or PlentyoFish.com. Right now, May 21st, if things go as usual, the Sheriffs department will be blocking the release of public information and denying the men their right to an attorney by not allowing them to make outgoing calls to family, friends or even an attorney. I fully expect that there will be a press release today or one day this week. Time will tell.

As a sex crime lawyer, I have defended over forty sex sting cases all over Florida. I am curious to see what tool the undercover chatters will be using to entice men totravel to meet a minor. The usual charge is unlawful use of a computer to solicit a minor or traveling to meet a minor after using a computer to solicit a minor”. For years I have blogged telling both men and women the best way to not get arrested is to never communicate with anyone that ever even hints they are underage. In the stings, typically, the undercover chatters claim to be adults and then when the chat gets going they say something like I am sorry, dont be mad, but I am really 14. They try and sucker the guys into continuing the chat with enticing hints that they are really old for my age or they like older guys. Sadly, over the years I have found that the men who fall for this are insecure and sometimes autistic or mentally challenged.

Do you have a husband brother or father you have not heard from in days? Have you checked to see if they are in jail? Until the sting breaks, they may not be able to call. I will be following this over the next few days to see if the sting is really running and see how many guys get entrapped.

 

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Trump Signs New Law Targeting the Sex Trade

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
941-366-3506

April 13 2018

On Wednesday, the President signed into law the“Fosta” Bill imposing criminal penalties on Internet companies permitting prostitution ads on their sites.

This comes just seven days after the executives at Backpage.com were raided and arrested. Some are already entering guilty pleas in multiple State and Federal prosecutions. For Backpage, it was a 100 million dollar business. There are some good and bad things about the law. Craigslist has already taken down their “personals” section. This is going to take a huge bite out the ability of prostitutes to ply their trade via the Internet. This is also going to take away a huge tool used by law enforcement to identify human traffickers and people who have an interest in sex with children. The law in one respect is good, but in another bad in that it takes away the ability of law enforcement to track and identify pedophiles.

I have advocated for the legalization of prostitution in Florida. That would be a far better solution. Prostitution will never stop. It is the world’s oldest profession. Sensible regulation as opposed to criminalization, in my opinion, is a better solution.

The “Fosta” law will now be used to next target the “Escort” business here in Sarasota. Go online now and click on “Sarasota Escort” and see how many sites are up. My bet is that in thirty days, 90% of them will be gone. The “escorts” will now go to the social media dating sites and the dark web to place their advertisements. They will not go away, they will just be harder to find. This is going to push the prostitutes back into the bars and on the streets. It actually makes their business more dangerous. My prediction is that in the short term there will be a flood of high end prostitutes in the high end bars like the Ritz. Time will tell.

Feds Targeting Internet Sex Sites 2018

Attorney Peter D Aiken
Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890

The FBI has raided the owners of Backpage.com and shut them down under the new law. Craigslist has taken down the personal sections like Casual Encounters. Escort sites are next on the target list to be shut down. Prostitution is going to be forced back onto the streets. My prediction is that this new law is going to backfire and make it more difficult for law enforcement to identify people who commit sex trafficking with children. Backpage.com was the number one source used by law enforcement to target human traffickers. Casual Encounters on Craigslist was the number one site used by undercover police chatters trying to identify pedophiles. The new statute is going to make it more difficult to enforce existing laws. Where will the millions of prostitutes go now?

The solution or at least a great first step in solving human trafficking would have been to legalize prostitution. It is already legal is some locations. The answer is reasonable regulation, not banning the worlds oldest profession. Prostitution has been with us throughout all of recorded history. The new law will bring back the era of the pimp. It will put women back in bars and back walking the streets. The better solution would be legalized and regulated houses for prostitution and have the prostitutes get regular medical exams, and provide a safe place for consensual sex.

There is a huge problem with the new law. It provides Ex Post Facto punishment. The new law specifically states that it shall apply regardless of whether the conduct alleged occurred, or is alleged to have occurred, before, on, or after such date of enactment. In other words, it purports to make something a crime, even if it occurred before the law was passed. That can never hold up constitutionally. The Feds are now in the business of enforcing prostitution laws. As a sex crime lawyer and an ex Federal Prosecutor and ex Federal Agent, I see the writing on the wall. This is similar to prohibition and we all know how that ended. Federal authorities are going to have a field day going after escort sites. Prostitution will be forced back into the shadows and in the long run, this will be worse for women. This is just another misguided law by misguided legislators.

Let me hear your comments.

Go to Polk.Go to the Pokey!

Sex Sting Lawyer
Attorney Peter D Aiken
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Defending Sex Sting arrests throughout Florida
Manatee 941-366-3506
Charlotte County 941-639-6009
Lee and Collier County
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The Sheriff in Polk has just announced another 16 arrests in the latest sex sting captioned Operation Cyber Guardian. These cases may be the last remnants from Craigslist Casual Encounters, the personal section now taken down by Craigslist. Many of the arrests over the last ten years are the result of undercover detectives posing as adults on Craigslist and then when people respond, changing the age to 14 or 15. It is going to become tougher and tougher for the police to entrap people as the sex hookup sites are taken down as a result of the new laws. The police are going to have to change tactics and switch to the cell phone applications that match purportedly consenting adults for sexual encounters

For some reason, in Polk County, the detectives are successful in drawing people from outside the County to come into the County to hook up with teenage girls. After hundreds of arrests, the men seem to fall for the same pitch over and over. Here is the reality. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want to have sex with older guys. It is always a cop. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want some older guy to teach them. It is always a cop. Here is another common thread. One fourth of the men asked the undercover chatters are you a cop. There is a misconception that the police have to answer that question truthfully. They do not. That is why they call them undercover cops. The undercover chatters usually respond back well, are you a cop and for some reason the guys buy it and continue to chat and travel. In most of the cases, the undercover chatter will ask the suspect to bring protection. That is so they can use it as evidence that the person was actually coming to have sex. In many of the cases, the undercover chatters will ask the suspect to bring candy or something to drink. Here is the bottom line. Never travel to meet a minor.for anythingmuch less sex. Never send a penis pic to anyone, whether they are an adult or a child. Never even hint to a child that you are interested in sex. Dont even think about it, much less talk about it. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

As a sex crime lawyerI see hundreds of guys ruining their lives forever with sex crime convictions. Can youimagine your life as a registered sex offender? Can you imagine doing five years in prison for chatting or sending a pic?

Charges inOperation Cyber Guardian include:

USE COMPUTER SERV TO SEDUCE, SOLICIT ETC CHILD 847.0135.3

TRAVEL TO MEET AFTER USE COMPUT TO LURE CHILD 847.0135.4A

ATTEMPT LEWD OR LASC BATT:ENGAGE IN SEX ACT VICT 12-16 800.04.4A1

TRANS INFO HARMFUL TO MINOR (DEF IN STATE) 847.0138.2

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Is this the end of Internet Sex Stings?

Sex Sting Lawyer
Attornet Peter D Aiken
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Defending Sex Sting arrests throughout Florida
Manatee 941-366-3506
Charlotte County 941-639-6009
Lee and Collier County
239-334-8890
All Counties in FL call 941-366-3506

The new legislation is going to take a giant bite out of the ICAC sex sting operations by local police. The police were the ones posting most of the phony ads. My prediction is that now law enforcement is going to target the escort sites going after the businesses that post ads for prostitutes. The new legislation is really going to hurt the thousands of women who provided sex for money. Their number one site for posting their wares has now gone down. What will replace Craigslist personals? Someone is going to step in and fill that void. The very simple answer would be to legalize and regulate prostitution. Men have been paying women for sex in one way or another for all of recorded history. It will not stop it and making it illegal only creates a market for illegal human trafficking. Good example, there would be no Mexican Cartels if marijuana had been legalized 50 years ago. Making some things illegal only creates a greater demand. The police can go back to the street hooker stings like the ones they run here on S.R. 41 but that will not touch the higher class prostitutes who were working the Internet.

My prediction is that over the next few months many of the escort site providers are going to have to find a loophole or face prosecution themselves. Until then, where are the police going to run the stings. My prediction is that you will see an increase in child pornography stings. Never respond to anything that even remotely hints at images of an underage person. My advice is to never use any type of peer to peer viewing application. Do not even use it for music or even legitimate types of file sharing. If you use a peer to peer program in your computer, the police can come into your computer without your knowledge. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Do not be curious! Curiosity killed the cat. Do not be tempted!Giving in to temptation can land you in prison. If something is illegal and you feel a compulsion to do it, get psychological help before it is too late. Many people look at child porn because as children, they were victims. Do not spend your life in prison over looking at pictures.

About: Attorney Peter D. Aiken