Osceola 2016 Internet Sex Sting nets 10 arrests

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In the latest Osceola County sex sting, ten men were arrested. Fortunately, the State Attorney’s office and the Judges in Osceola seem to treat men arrested in these stings more fairly than other jurisdictions. As a sex sting lawyer, I track the sentences men receive throughout Florida. The sentences vary greatly. Judges are becoming more and more aware of the tactics the police use in baiting men into these compromising situations.

In the latest sting, undercover police detectives posted ads on adult sites pretending to be a father with a 14 year old daughter. The undercover chatters pose as a father who wants someone to have sex with his daughter. It amazes me that men are still falling for this bait. There are no real fathers or mothers that want some man to come and teach their daughter about sex. Such ads are always the police. I have seen the police run other ads where they pose as a adult woman who wants a man to have sex with her minor sister. These types of ads are also deceptive. No real sister wants anyone to have sex with her little sister.

On a positive note, the judges in Osceola, realizing what the police are doing are in most cases not imposing prison on the men who fall for this type of entrapment. In Osceola, as opposed to places like Manatee County or Duval County, often the judges sentence people to community control (house arrest) or probation. Sadly if they plead to a sex charge, they still become a registered sex offender. In these types of cases, in the past, I have been successful in negotiating a plea to a non sex offense like attempted child abuse or unlawful use of a two way communication device. In Osceola, at least the prosecutors and the Courts take a common sense approach. For that I commend them. I have handled a lot of sex sting cases in Florida and wish more of the judges would recognize what the police are really doing. If you have questions or thoughts, give me a call at 941 366 3506

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September 15 2016

Just as I predicted, the State (Bill Eddins ,State Attorney for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County in Florida) announced the arrest of 22 men in the latest Okaloosa sex Sting operation.

This one was captioned Operation Undertow and targeted men in the Pensacola area.

It is more of the same tactics where the police post ads on Craigslist looking for unsuspecting men they can bait and switch and talk into meeting with fictional children. They again used the classic bait words like “taboo” and pretended to be women looking for some man to “mentor their daughter”. They also used the classic bait phrase “I am very inexperienced” and suggested group sex scenes. I never cease to be amazed that men, year after year, fall for the same bait.

Sex is the ultimate bait.

Sadly, what the police operations mostly catch are young, shy, introverted and sometimes mentally challenged young adult males, some of whom have never had a date or sex.
The real question is “Who are the real sex predators”?
A strong argument can be made that the police with these sex sting operations are creating crimes. They are picking the low hanging fruit and targeting insecure men they can talk into committing a crime. I have been involved now in almost forty such cases as a sex crime lawyer. The general public often is misinformed and led to believe that these operations result in the arrest of real sex predators.

  • In my experience, only a tiny percentage of the men arrested had any real predisposition to engage in sex with a minor.
  • The police are masters of manipulation when it comes to talking men into committing a crime like traveling to meet a minor.
  • There are defenses to these entrapment cases.
  • It all depends on the individual facts of each case.
  • In the meantime, these men have had their lives destroyed, lost their jobs and had their reputations destroyed forever.
  • Families should not abandon men based on just the charge alone.
  • Friends and relatives should now stand by them more than ever.
  • Employers should not give up on them.

I never give up and sometimes, hard work and good lawyering can make a difference. If you have questions on how they run the Internet Sex Stings and want to talk, call 941 366 3506

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Okaloosa Internet Sex Sting Overdue

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It has been about a year since the last Okaloosa sex sting. I would be willing to bet they run one in the near future. Sadly, in the last few stings I looked at, the undercover operations seemed to ensnare young men with mental disabilities. If you are a parent and have a son with a learning deficit, even if he is an adult, you need to monitor his Internet access. Young men with mental disabilities are the low hanging fruit for the police entrapment techniques.

The police also frequently run ads on Craigslist, pretending to be mothers who want someone to teach their daughters about sex.

That is ridiculous. There are no real mothers that would ever do that. No real mother would ever want her child to hook up with an adult. It is a crime for a mother to do that.

It is a crime to hook up with a child.
Do not commit a crime.
Do not participate in a crime.

It should be everyone’s goal to protect children and although the police have good intentions, their tactics leave a lot to be desired.

The real predators know better than to go on Craigslist Casual Encounters, and they know that any ad that even hints or pretends to be a young girl looking for experience, or sex, is really a police sting ad.

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

Never, no never, interact with anyone on the Internet that pretends to be 13 or 14 years old. Do not let temptation or curiosity get the best of you. Many lonely men drinking and sitting at home alone get sucked into saying stupid stuff on the Internet.

It is a second degree felony to travel to meet a minor for sex.

It is also a crime to send a penis pic to a minor.

Do not do it. Do not commit a crime.

Some of the recent sex stings also target child pornography.

I recently learned that the FBI actually took over a child porn site and ran it for a while allowing people to get kiddie porn from the site. Federal Courts are now looking into that.

If you are talking to someone on the Internet and they even hint that they are underage, break off contact immediately.

Do not try and be a vigilante. Let the police do their job. Hopefully the police monitor Craigslist and if they see a child there they will do something like contacting her parents. If there is any real mother out there trying to get someone to mentor or teach her child about sex, hopefully, the police will arrest her. The Internet is a dangerous place. We should all do our part to protect children. Parental controls on the computer is a huge first step. As a sex sting lawyer, my goal is to help people prevent crime. Crime prevention is the answer, not the creation of sex predators out of innocent men. Never, no never, email, text, skype or instant message a minor. There are plenty of adult women who want sex. Stick to adults and leave the kids alone. They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.

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Internet Sex Stings….Just plain wrong

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What ICAC and the various police agencies are doing in entrapping innocent men is just plain wrong. Everyone is being misled into believing that these types of stings are making the Internet safe for kids. This is absolutely not true. The police are destroying lives, and making innocent gullible men sex offenders forever with their undercover operations.

In just this past month, over eighty men have been arrested in Florida in these sex sting operations. In every case the police publicly took credit for getting sex predators off the streets. It is a lie. As a sex sting lawyer, I see the actual evidence. I see the emails, the texts, the pictures and I hear the recorded phone calls. In almost every case, the men were not looking for kids. Sadly, most of the men have insecurities, mental deficits, disabilities or other conditions affecting their ability to make sound decisions. It is not fair for undercover police chatters to tempt men with enticing ads, sexy innuendo and invitations to travel. There is a world of difference between being weak and being a sex predator.

The Internet is a dangerous place. It is parent’s responsibility to keep kids off of it. In maybe one is a thousand cases is a real predator caught. Most of the time it is a man who was on an adult Internet dating site like Meetme.com or Craigslist Casual Encounters looking for adult companionship that gets sucked into chatting with an undercover cop. The truth is that it is the police that are the real sex predators. I have represented mentally challenged men, men who have never dated, men who are inexperienced and gullible, and men who have fallen for the police temptation. Weakness should not be a crime. The public has bought into a bill of goods when it comes to the propaganda put out by the various Sheriff’s departments on this issue. What we need is for the Media to expose the truth. Noah Pransky, a Tampa reporter did a good job of investigative reporting on this issue but nothing has been done lately by other news agencies. What the police say in their press releases, most of the time is one sided, and leaves out key details. They leave out the fact that they were on adult sites. They leave out the fact that they posed first as an adult. The leave out the fact they invited travel. They leave out the fact that they said, bring a condom. They make it sound like men are stalking kids when in truth, it is the police stalking weak men. This is just plain wrong.

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There has been a summer explosion of arrests for traveling to meet a minor and Internet solicitation in both Florida and Georgia.

Early this month the Manatee Florida Sheriff announced the arrest of 14 men. Just this week another Sting in the Daytona Deltona area claimed another thirteen victims and in the last two days, two more stings were announced in the Jacksonville area as well as South Georgia in Effingham and Chatham Counties. The Effingham sting ran for weeks and was called operation “summer heat”. In that one sixteen men in their twenties succumbed to the police entrapment techniques. That sting also roped in another thirteen men in their thirties and amazingly another seven in their forties. That is a total of four stings in less than two weeks. Law enforcement has found a way to create crimes, run up arrests and destroy lives. I would be willing to be out the eighty six men arrested, there were only a handful that ever had any intention of hooking up with anyone underage. Sex is the ultimate bait….Bait and Switch…That is why they call it jail bait
The police are scraping the bottom of the barrel now and arresting men with learning disabilities, developmental impairments and other mental deficits. The propaganda that they are “protecting the public from predators” is simply false. What amazes me is that eighty six men got talked into traveling to arrest locations. I have blogged on this issue over and over.
As a sex crime lawyer I see how these arrests destroy families and lives.

The best way to not get arrested is to never communicate with anyone underage, period.
There are no young girls on the Internet that are looking for sex…Ever
If you hear the age 12, 13, 14 or 15 terminate all contact immediately
Nothing good will ever come of talking to a minor on the Internet.

If you have a friend or relative or son that spends time on the Internet, warn them to never communicate with a minor. In my opinion the police should focus on educating teenagers to the dangers. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It is always a trap….There are no real underage girls….Do not even think about it…do not do it.
Everyone’s goal is the protection of children…My goal is to protect people from police abuse
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Summertime and the Arrests Come Easy…In Volusia

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August 9 2016

Here we go again. When crime slows down for the summer, the police simply create offenses. An Internet sex sting will do the trick.

The latest just announced in Daytona and Deltona is called Operation K.I.S.S., as in kiss your ass goodbye if the police have their way.

The Volusia Sheriff and other agencies are at it again claiming to protect the public from online predators. Nothing could be further from the truth. Again they are targeting weak vulnerable men who were looking not for children, but adults. What the police neglect to report is that in almost every instance, they engaged the men first pretending to be an adult. After getting them to chat they then claimed to be underage, about 14 years old. They would then with subtle hints try and get the men to talk about sex or worse yet, send pictures.
This happens every summer. It is a sure fire way to pump up arrest statistics and get publicity. The sad thing is that these sex stings ruin lives. They destroy families and try and label men sex predators for life. If you become a registered sex offender, you experience a lifelong punishment. Being on sex offender probation is a one way ticket to jail. Everyone’s goal is to get you to violate your probation and put you in Florida State prison for years. As a sex sting lawyer, I see all too often the damage they do with basically trumped up entrapment cases.
It is true that occasionally they arrest someone for traveling to meet a minor or solicitation of a minor that really was looking for a minor. Those cases are few and far between. Most of the time they arrest young introverted shy men who are simply weak when it comes to temptation.

Sex is the ultimate bait. A man thinking with the wrong head, particularly when the police send pictures and invitations to come over and have sex, can find himself, arrested, on television and in Court facing a decade in prison. These cases are not hopeless. As a sex sting lawyer, I have handled well over thirty Florida Internet sex sting cases in Seminole, Volusia, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The key issue is “who is the real seducer”? Most of the time it is cops, and they are good at it.
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Internet Crime Creation…..or….Prevention

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ABC channel seven news had a segment on the morning news on August 5th 2016 about the latest sex sting called Operation Green Shepherd run in Manatee County.
Once again, the report was filled with misinformation and outright falsehoods. This is not the stations fault but rather the way the information is provided by the sheriff’s office. These sex sting operations do not target men looking to seduce unsuspecting children. In fact, it is just the opposite. Police are actually contacting men with no prior history of interest in children. They will randomly contact men who have posted profiles on Meetme.com and engage them in chat. The undercover chatters will cleverly hint at getting together for a date. After engaging them they will mention that they are really underage and try and set up a sexual encounter. They will suggest bringing condoms. They will claim they want someone to teach them about sex. The problem is that this type of entrapment is not working on real predators. It is ensnaring young men, men with development disorders and autism. What this does to the families of these young men is horrible.
If the police were truly interested in preventing crime, instead of creating crime, the resources would be better spent by officers lecturing in middle school. They should have officers at PTA meetings alerting parents to the dangers and encouraging parental controls. The truth is that very few children are seduced on the Internet. This is the same “stranger danger” myth that is spread about sex predators targeting kids on playgrounds and street corners. The truth is that almost all of sexual abuse of minors is by family members and family friends.
With each sex sting operation, the police become bolder and more creative in how they entrap unsuspecting men into compromising situations. Even when men break off contact, the undercover chatters reinitiate and try to convince them to come to a location, only to get arrested. Sadly, some young men with disabilities simply do not understand the consequences of responding. Some are so lonely that they jump at any opportunity to chat with a female and they truly do not understand that they are being drawn into a crime. These men with disabilities have a tough enough life ahead without the created label of being a sex offender. If you have questions or comments, call me at 941 366 3506

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Manatee Sheriff finally announces Internet Sex Sting

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The latest version of Operation Green Shepherd, running for a week in the Bradenton area, has finally been made public.

There were eighteen arrests with several more to come according to the press release. Once again, the press release totally distorts the true facts about what the police are doing. The police are by now scraping the bottom of the barrel and arresting mentally challenged young men who because of learning disabilities, autism or other disorders fall for the bait and switch tactic. These men were not looking for underage girls to seduce. In almost every instance, they responded to adult profiles posted on Meetme.com or Craigslist Casual Encounters. The police engaged them in chat with texts, emails and ultimately phone calls. The undercover chatters, after first pretending to be an adult, then claimed to be 13 or 14 years old girls who would say things like, “boys my age just don’t do it for me”. They claimed to be seeking someone to give them sexual “experience” and lured and seduced the men. This is just the opposite of what the law was designed to do.
The real sex predators know better than to fall for this type of entrapment. What the Sheriff is now getting are the young, introverted and sometimes mentally challenged men whose chronological age far exceeds their mental age. Hopefully the State Attorney’s office will do the right thing and weed out the cases involving the mentally challenged.
It breaks my heart when I interview these young men and see the havoc these types of arrests bring to caring family members.
Even worse is thinking of how these young men would make it in State prison.
The mentally challenged men, or men with disabilities, face the horrors of becoming victims of rape and sodomy in prison.
I have yet to find one instance of an inmate being prosecuted for rape in the Florida prison system.
Most prison rapes are covered up and swept under the rug and never ever prosecuted.
So far, Ed Brodsky’s office has done a pretty good job of exercising discretion and resolving cases involving the very young.

Is this how you want your law enforcement resources spent?

While this Internet Sex Sting was running, there were homicides, burglaries, drug deals and other violent crimes. It generally takes about twenty officers to run a sting and the average cost to the taxpayers is $80,000, not including the money spent in prosecuting the cases. That is twenty officers that were taken off the street and diverted to essentially creating crime, instead of preventing or detecting it. It surely makes for good election propaganda but does nothing to protect the community. When the press release claims that children are being protected, it is a myth. Contact the Sheriff in Manatee and let him know what you think. As a sex sting lawyer, I will continue to fight against these outrageous wastes of our police resources.

As a Florida Sex Sting Lawyer and an experienced Sex Crime Attorney I have talked to and represented many of the arrested in these Internet sex sting cases. If you, a friend, son, brother, relative or loved one was arrested or under investigation in a sex sting operation and have questions or need an attorney to consult with or talk to them in the jail Please call me Peter Aiken for a free consultation at 941-366-3506 today. Or E-mail me at peterdaiken@gmail.com

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The details should be released later today in a press conference. From what I understand, the sting has been running for several days. In the latest operation, the police targeted Meetme.com and other applications. The police actually initiate contact with men looking at adult profiles. These men are not targeting children. The police are targeting them. What the police are doing is outrageous. They are ensnaring mostly weak young men, some of which have disabilities. As a parent of a young man with a disability, you need to warn them to stay off of Meetme.com or the other adult dating sites. These sites are really dangerous, especially for young men that are not worldly and susceptible to coercion and enticement.

The laws are being abused in the interest of making arrests and getting publicity for the Sheriff.
They are not catching the real predators but instead the low hanging fruit of shy introverted young males who were lonely and looking for adult companionship.
The public never hears the real truth about what law enforcement is doing.
The police go on television claiming they are protecting young children. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a sex crime lawyer I see the other side of the story. The court files have been kept secret for days now. Arrest records have been suppressed to keep the operation a secret. Even as a lawyer, I have been unable to access what is supposed to be a public record. At some point, the public needs to wake up and get involved. Noah Pransky, the reporter from Tampa was investigating these types of situations with good investigative reporting. My bet is the formal announcement will come out today or tomorrow. If a loved one is arrested, do not assume what you see on television is true. The police reports are one sided and biased. Do not abandon a loved one in their time of need. If you need a free consultation call my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506
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Who are the real Internet Sex Predators?

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There appears to be another Sex Sting operation in Bradenton that should be announced soon.

Over the last few days of July of 2016, a number of arrests have been made in Manatee County of young men who were on sites like POF.com and Meetme.com. The police still use the bait and switch ads on Craigslist casual encounters but seem to be making more arrests where they initiate contact responding to legitimate adult profiles on Meetme.com and Plenty O Fish. Almost all of the men that they arrested were not looking for, or targeting minors. In almost every case, it is the undercover detectives that are targeting gullible and sometimes young men with learning disabilities.

Over the last few years as a Manatee and Sarasota sex sting lawyer, I have seen more and more young men with disabilities get lured into compromising situations.

The police seem to be of the opinion that they can entrap men who had no prior intention of ever hooking up with an underage female by contacting them, tempting them and talking them into traveling to meet a minor. It is particularly sad when men with autism or significant learning disabilities are trapped. If you are a parent of a young adult male with a disability, you must warn your son not to interact with anyone on the Internet that says they are 12, 13 or 14 years old, no matter how tempting it sounds. Men with disabilities simply do not understand the consequences and fall prey to police entrapment. It is the police that are really doing the Internet solicitation, the luring, the seducing and the enticing.

When the police do their public announcement they make it sound like sexual predators are on the Internet targeting young girls. In my experience, it is just the opposite. In almost all of the cases I have seen, the police are the real Internet Sex Predators. The best way to not get arrested is simply not interact with anyone on the Internet that even hints they are a minor. Many times the police will use a subtle hint with a name like “Debbiesue14” or in the ad hint at being in school or hint that “mom is away for the weekend”. Most adult men understand and do not respond. Young men with disabilities simply do not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. If you have a son with a disability, you need to protect him from the police.

The public announcement will probably be made Monday. If you have questions or have a relative arrested you can call 941 366 3506 for a free confidential consultation with Attorney Peter Aiken.

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