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The sex sting arrests just keep coming. No matter how much publicity, no matter how many warnings, law enforcement keeps getting men to fall for the same old bait and switch sex sting.
It amazes me that the police keep using the same tactics over and over and men keep falling for the same bait. Get this straight…There are no young girls out there that want someone to teach them about sex. There are no single mothers that want a mentor to teach their daughter about the “ways of life”. There are no older sisters that want to find a guy to teach their younger sister about sex. All of these ads on Craigslist are placed there by police. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

They don’t call it “jail bait” for nothing.

Many of the men arrested are shy and introverted. In my experience in the last few years, I have found that many of the young men arrested suffer from developmental disabilities including a form of Autism. If you have a son or daughter arrested in one of the stings and you child has a disability, you need to have a lawyer that knows how to raise that issue in his defense. There are specific Court rules dealing with defendants with Autism and developmental or cognitive disabilities. Sadly, the police take advantage of the mentally challenged in some of the sex stings.

People with mental challenges should not be prosecuted in these types of cases. A person with Autism simply does not understand the consequences, and can easily be let into an inappropriate situation chatting or texting on a computer or cellphone with an undercover detective. As a sex sting lawyer, I have represented many young men with mental difficulties and challenges. Prison is not the answer for mentally challenged young men.

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Volusia Sex Sting….A walk in the park

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June 4 2017

The arrest of sixteen men was announced yesterday in Volusia County as a result of a four day “sex sting” in several of the local parks. Of the eighteen men, only one black man was arrested. The men were charged with various offenses relating to lewd and lascivious conduct. One was charged with “battery”, a non consensual touching.
All across Florida there are known hookup spots for gay men. These are mostly at County parks and public restrooms. I understand the police point of view that this conduct should not be tolerated in public. There is another side to this story. Throughout all of history, homosexuality has existed. It has been tolerated and at other times persecuted. The simple fact it that male homosexuality does exist. Rather than treat it as a crime, possibly a better approach would be to tacitly tolerate it in certain areas. What if there was a designated area where men could go and hook up? I agree that people visiting public parks and restrooms should not be subjected to men exposing themselves in a vulgar manner. Exhibitionism has existed throughout all of recorded time. Maybe a more civilized approach would be to designate certain areas where some conduct is tolerated.

As a criminal defense lawyer, I routinely represent men charged with these types of offenses.

I have never represented a woman similarly charged. Why is that? Have you ever heard of a lesbian being arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior in a public park? This is peculiarly a “male” issue.
Why was there only one black man arrested? Why were the remaining 17 men white and mostly middle aged? Is this conduct somehow connected to aging? Do some men as they age change their sexual preferences or orientation? Does it have anything to do with a change is testosterone levels? How many of these men were married? The sad thing is that arrests and criminal prosecutions and public humiliation do not seem to be the answer. Each of these men now has a blemish on their record. Many will be on “mugshots.com. Rather than make arrests, how about “warnings” or “citations” or a “summons to appear” in Court? There has to be a better way to deal with this problem.

The Grady Judd Polk Sex Sting Show

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Today, May 23, 2017, Grady Judd was again on television telling the public how he was protecting their children from sex predators.

His office arrested 19 men charged with various sex crimes including traveling to meet a minor, solicitation of a minor, and attempted lewd and lascivious.

The Sheriff make it appear that “predators” are lurking on the Internet trying to seduce innocent kids.

 

Here is the real truth.

 

The undercover detectives are on the Internet posing as adults. After they make contact with a potential defendant, they claim to be underage. They pretend to be parents offering children for sex. They engage in conversations trying to convince men to participate.

The men are not in children’s chat rooms.

They are in adult sites. In some instances the police actually contact men who have ads posted in adult sites looking for consenting adults.

Classic bait and switch.

Grady Judd claims that the U. S. Air Force Special Investigations officers are involved. It is against Federal Law (The Posse Comitatus Act) for the military to be actively involved in purely State criminal law enforcement investigations.
It is a Federal felony.

The detectives use mobile phone applications that randomly hook up potential “Dates” based on location. After the random contact, the detective poses as someone underage. In most instances, the men are not looking for a minor. The sheriff makes a big deal over the fact they ”bring condoms”. What is left out is the fact that the undercover officers ask them to bring condoms.

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

Never communicate with a minor or an adult offering a minor.

If you see an ad like that, flag it and report it to the police. Never give in to temptation. There are no real teenage girls that need a “teacher” when it comes to sex. If someone even hints they are underage, terminate all contact. It does no good to say “are you a cop”. What do you expect them to say? Never, no never travel to meet a minor for anything, even out of curiosity. They don’t call it “jail bait” for nothing. Interacting with someone underage always ends badly, with an arrest and prison.

It is not worth it. Do not do it.

As a criminal defense lawyer I am amazed that month after month Grady Judd continues to make arrests. They manufacture crime in Polk County. They create crimes and create arrests, and there seems to be no end. Don’t even think about committing a sex crime in Polk or …..you will end up in the Pokey.

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May 18 2017

The sheriff and other participating law enforcement officers announced the arrest of 21 men in the latest Jacksonville sex sting.

The men were as young as 21 and as old as 61.

The police claim that two of the men resisted and tried to get away.

They paid the price and their booking photos reflect it. Most of the men got charged with traveling to meet a minor or use of a computer to solicit a minor. Some got charged with unlawful use of a two way communication device.

The latest sting is called Operation Watchdog.

I could not help but notice that in the booking photos it looked like a couple of the suspects got roughed up a bit. For whatever reason, in a lot of the stings, the police slam them to the ground and twist their arms.

Sadly excessive force is something everyone seems to ignore.

They did another big media presentation with the usual suspects displayed on poster board. What the public does not realize, is that in many of the cases, it is the police that seek out people with ads on Internet dating sites. Although the person may have posted looking for an adult female, the police will respond and then pretend to be a minor. The truth is that on the Internet you can believe nothing. People lie all the time about their age, their gender and their looks. Just because someone says they are 13 or 14 does not mean it is true.

Just because they say they are a woman, does not mean it is true.

I have now defended sting cases all over Florida and in my experience, most of the time, it is the police doing the luring, seducing and enticing. In making an arrest, the police ignore the fact that they are lying about age or intentions but on the same hand claim that the person responding is telling the truth.

 

I had a case thrown out once where the Judge correctly concluded that it was nothing more than two people lying to each other.

There are defenses to these types of cases. There are technical and factual defenses and many defense lawyers simply lack real experience in sex stings and lack knowledge about the Internet. I have been handling stings going all the way back to the Chris Hansen TV show “To catch a predator”.

Do not abandon a relative or coworker.

Do not believe what you see on television in the media reports.

The stations are fed a bunch or distorted facts and often what you see on television is later turned out not to be true. Young men can have their lives ruined and end up being a registered sex offender for life, not to mention serving time in State prison.

These cases are tough and if charged, a person needs a tough lawyer that knows his stuff.

There is no charged for the initial consultation. We may be able to help.

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Gainesville Internet Sex Sting….Waste of Taxpayer money!

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March 30 2017

Operation Resilient in the Alachua County area

The latest sex sting in Gainesville netted 15 arrests.

It tied up 46 officers from seven agencies for a week.

The average sex sting costs about $80,000 in police time, money and resources, not to mention what is spent after that in Court appearances, depositions and trials. The police spokesman claimed that it was “vital for the community” to protect our children. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Sex stings actually create crime, not prevent it. Skillful police go on the Internet posing as adults and then do a classic bait and switch and claim to be a child, usually 13 or 14 years old. They lure and entice unsuspecting men and try and convince them to come and meet. They often send suggestive pictures of girls that look like adults.

Most of the men apprehended are not pedophiles but rather shy, introverted and often mentally challenged or intellectually disabled semi-adults.

I have defended over forty of these cases in Counties around Florida and in my opinion it is a colossal waste of manpower and money.

Think how many real crimes could have been prevented or how many actual violent criminals could have been apprehended by the 46 officers tied up in the sting.

Why does law enforcement run sex stings like this?

For the local Sheriff, an elected official, most of the time it is about getting publicity. After all, they can run again, claiming they have made the streets safe for kids. That is simply not true. For the other agencies it is a way to justify getting Federal funds. The departments have to justify Federal ICAC grants and funding. It is an easy way to create feel good statistics, and keep the money flowing. There are defenses to these types of cases. The man arrested may have been illegally entrapped. He may have been lied to and fallen for a bait and switch. He may be intellectually challenged. I am representing two Autistic men now in a similar sting. They appear to be functioning adults but in reality function at the level of a twelve year old. Do not abandon a relative arrested in a case like this. You cannot believe what you see on television. There is a world of difference between what the Sheriff says on the TV and what really happened.

If a friend or relative was arrested and you want to discuss the various options with an experienced sex crime lawyer, call me at 941 366 3506

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Sex Stings Producing Fewer Arrests

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March 21 2017

In the latest Gainesville Internet sting operation, only five men were arrested.

Either the men are getting wiser and more savvy to the police undercover operations, or the police are down to the bottom of the bucket on suspects. The truth is that many times, in the operations that are supposed to target predators, the police really arrest mentally challenged young men or socially inept shy men who fall for police entrapment. I have now handled about forty of these cases across the State. In the last sting in Manatee County, two of the young men arrested were Autistic. One had suffered major traumatic brain injury and another was intellectually challenged. Many, if not most of the people arrested in the sex stings are not really pedophiles. Many are shy and introverted and are on the Internet seeking a date. I have one case where the 28 year old man had never had a date or sex in his life, much less sex with a child.

The truth is that these sex sting operations create crimes and destroy lives forever.

It is true that occasionally they will arrest someone who was truly looking for a child but most of the time it is the police undercover detectives that are doing the seducing. It is the police that go on the social media sites posing as adults. They post seductive photographs with suggestive comments as an adult, usually 19 or 20, and then when unsuspecting adult men respond, they claim to be underage. In reality, nothing on the Internet is true. The police are lying about who they are, their age, and their intentions. When men respond, most of the time, they are also lying. Most of these cases involve two men lying to each other. The police then take the position that what the suspect is saying is true when most of the time it is just Internet lying and role playing. The public and the juries need to be educated as to how these cases are really being created by the cops to pump up arrest statistics.

If you have a son or relative arrested in one of these sex stings, do not abandon them.

Many times, they are not really guilty and are in fact the victim themselves of police entrapment.

You cannot believe the medial reports. The media is often misled by the local sheriff. For an elected official, sex stings are a press bonanza. It gives the sheriff a chance to stand before the cameras and tell his citizens he is protecting their children. Just look at the Grady Judd dog and pony show they run every other month. The truth is that in a lot of the cases, the police are the ones doing the luring, seducing and enticing. It makes great press but it does nothing to protect and serve the community. Imagine if that same police resource was used to identify potential terrorists or dangerous mentally ill people hell bent on death and destruction. Imagine if those same officers were on the Internet targeting terrorists instead of shy men.

The Internet is a dangerous place.

Social media like “Plentyofish.com” is a favorite used by police. If you ever are on a social media site and someone claims to be underage, flag them and report them to the police immediately. Do your part to keep real children off these sites. As a sex crime lawyer, I see the other side of these cases. The true harm done to the shy young men is heartbreaking.

If you or a loved one was arrested in the recent Gainesville Florida internet sting or arrested in Alachua County for a sex sting Crime I will be glad to talk to about your case. If you have comments or want to talk, call 941 366 3506

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Here we are in late February 2017 and so far this year there has been no sex sting in Manatee and Sarasota area.

In light of the fact that Polk County just ran a sting with forty two arrests you can expect that the Sheriff in Manatee and the Sheriff in Sarasota will soon follow suit. We usually see sex sting cases right around Valentine’s day so we are a week overdue for another sting here. In the Polk sting, the Sheriff’s office focused on child pornography with great success.

I cannot impress upon you too much how terrible the penalties are, particularly here in Sarasota County.

The State is enhancing all the third degree felonies to second degree charges and running the guidelines through the roof when it comes to State prison time.

The best way to not get arrested is to stay away from the peer to peer sharing programs and more importantly, never, no never download or view kiddie porn. You can end up doing more time for looking at a video of a thirteen year old than actually having sex with a 13 year old. The State attorney in Manatee and Sarasota has a scorched earth policy and files dozens of charges running the Florida sentencing guidelines up to thirty to fifty years, for just viewing a video. If you are on the Internet and anyone ever asks you to send child pornography to them, do not do it. In the sex stings, the cops will engage a person in chat and then suggest an exchange of child pornography. Never do that. Nothing good comes of ever viewing an underage person engaged in sex. Most of the time, you will end up in prison for letting curiosity get the best of you.

There is a scam running now on the Internet.

If you are on PlentyOfish.com or Craigslist.com a woman claiming at first to be an adult will get you to exchange dirty pics. She will send you a sexually explicit vagina pic and ask you to send her a dick pic. When you do fall for this, you will get a later text, email or call from someone pretending to be a detective. The “detective” will tell you that you have been communicating with a minor and offer you a “diversion” program for a fee. This is a money hustle and a scam.
As a sex crime criminal defense lawyer I get calls almost every week from men who have been contacted by someone pretending to be a cop. Real cops do not do that so if you get a call like that, terminate the call and block future texts emails and calls from that person.

If you have a loved one that has been arrested in one of the sex stings and want to talk about alternatives, you can call me in my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506

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Valentine’s Sex Sting this year?

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February 7 2017

It is that time of year again.

Valentines is only days away and in the past, this has been the time of year the police run their Internet sex stings.

They are doing things a little different now. In the past, they stalked Craigslist casual encounters. Since the arrests have been falling off, they now are actually contacting people on the phone applications and dating sites. PlentOfish.com is one of the prime targets. Even if a person posts as an adult looking for an adult, the police try and pull the bait and switch. My advice is to totally avoid the Internet dating sites. Nothing on the Internet is true. Everyone lies about who they are, what they want and in particular, their age. Men pretend to be women. Women pretend to be something other than what they are. Cops pretend to be a legit date.

If anyone even ever remotely suggests they are underage, flag their ad or post and walk away. Everyone should to their part to keep kids off the Internet and flagging someone that claims they are a minor is a good start. Never, no never chat or text with anyone claiming to be 13 or 14 years old. Never, no never send a penis pic to anyone. Your penis isn’t that pretty and you run the risk of getting scammed or arrested. Nothing good comes of seeing your penis on the Internet, ever. If you are straight, chances are you are actually texting or emailing with a gay guy, not some woman or girl. If you are gay, you are likely being targeted by the cops and they will try and trick you into traveling to meet a minor. The best way to not get arrested for Internet solicitation is to simply not chat with anyone absent proof of age. Everyone lies about age. Demand to see a photo ID before meeting with anyone. The Internet is a dangerous place and men are getting robbed, shot and killed showing up to meet what they think are prostitutes.

Nothing is real on the Internet….Nothing.

When the cops lie on the Internet, there is no consequence.

If you lie, your lie can get you arrested.

If you chat with a minor, even if you are lying, you put yourself at risk.

If you are reading this too late and need to talk to a sex crime lawyer, feel free to call me for a free confidential consultation at941 366 3506 in Sarasota or 239 334 8890 in Ft Myers or Cape Coral.

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SEX STINGS…TRAVELING TO MEET A LIAR….2017 FLORIDA SOLICITATION OF A MINOR USING THE INTERNET …

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Internet sex stings happen weekly in Florida

Charges can be:

OBSCENE COMMUNICATION USE COMPUTER SOLICIT PARENT GUARDIAN CONSENT

TRAVEL TO MEET AFTER USING COMPUTER

LEWD LASCIVIOUS BEHAVIOR – VICTIM AGE 12 TO 16

OBSCENE COMMUNICATION USE COMPUTER TO SEDUCE, SOLICIT, LURE CHILD

ABUSE OF A CHILD WITHOUT GREAT BODILY HARM

USE OF A COMPUTER TO SOLICIT A PARENT TO COMMIT SEX ACTS WITH A CHILD

TRAVELING TO SEDUCE/SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT.

TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS (SENDER AND RECIPIENT IN STATE).

ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY (VICTIM 12 OR OLDER LESS THAN 16).

UNLAWFUL USE OF A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION DEVICE

TRAVEL TO MEET A CHILD FOR SEX

INCLUDING CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY

USING A COMPUTER TO SEDUCE, ENTICE OR SOLICIT A CHILD AND TRAVELING TO MEET A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONDUCT
Hundreds of men are arrested and accused of being potential pedophiles for supposedly soliciting children over the Internet or with smartphones. They are often charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex or transmission of indecent images. Most of these so called crimes are actually created by the police running sophisticated Internet sex stings. The police regularly entrap unsuspecting men who had no intention of having contact with a minor. The consequences of a conviction are horrible and State prison is called for under the Florida Sentencing Guidelines
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Peter Aiken has handled dozens of sex sting cases in the last few years in Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Seminole, Lake and Orange,Brevard and Volusia. Read these blogs and learn the truth about how these stings are conducted. He has been representing victims of these stings as far back as the TV show “To catch a predator”. Not all criminal defense lawyers have experience with these types of cases. If you are speaking with a defense attorney, demand a list of the sex sting clients he has actually represented. Demand to see the lawyer’s actual results. Many lawyers claim to have sex sting experience. Few actually do.

There are defenses to Sex Sting cases
There may be a good defense to your case. Every case is unique and underlying circumstances vary. Police entrapment is one of the most common. The police may have violated the law or ICAC standards and procedures. The police may have searched your home, your computer or your telephone without a search warrant. The police may have illegally accessed your computer with a secret program. The police may have tricked you into a confession. The police may have lied about the age of the chatter or sent a photograph of an adult to lure and seduce you.
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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