The Police Will Never Apologize

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A man was arrested in Douglas County Colorado back in April of 2015. The Douglas County District attorney dropped the case when he proved that he was communicating on the Internet with what was represented to be a 24 year old woman in a profile on an adult site. Even though the case was dismissed the Parker police department still posted his arrest. Now the man seeks an apology. Fat chance he will get one. The police in the Internet sex stings will never admit they were wrong. Fortunately the defendant in the Colorado case had screenshots to prover that he thought he was communicating with an adult. I had a Pinellas County case last year where the police posted and chatted as an adult, and it was only when the man drove 250 miles and showed up that they finally mentioned age.
The latest bait and switch
The latest tactic for the police is to post on the adult sites and engage men in chat. They will then mention that they have a little sister who is fourteen years old or in some cases a niece that is underage. The undercover chatters will even send a picture of the fictitious sister. They make it appear that the younger girl needs to “learn about sex’ and the older sister is helping her. In the real world this simply never happens. These are all police sex stings. If you encounter someone on Craigslist, an adult, and they even remotely hint of sex with a younger relative that is underage, terminate all contact, flag the ad and walk away. If you feel that you may be under investigation for chatting with an under cover ICAC chatter call and speak to a criminal defense attorney with experience in sex sting operations defense. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to simply not do anything even remotely illegal. There are no real young girls on the Internet that want to learn about sex only experienced under cover cops. It is always the police trying to entrap an innocent man into doing something he would never do.
Internet Sex Sting cases do have defenses
Sex sting cases are tough but not impossible to defend. Some criminal defense attorneys simply do not understand anything but plea bargaining and will encourage people who really do have defenses to accept a plea to State prison, sex offender registration and sex offender probation. Before a person agrees to go to State prison, all of the defenses should be explored. As an experienced sex crimes lawyer, I have handled dozens of the sex sting cases and even ones that seemed impossible have been resolved with lesser offenses and lesser sentences. Never give up hope and I encourage you to seek a second opinion. There may be something that an inexperienced defense lawyer may have overlooked.

If you or a loved one has been arrested feel free to call my office in Sarasota for a confidential free consultation. Call 941 366 3506 Aiken, O’Halloran and Associates

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Internet Child Porn Stings in Florida

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Internet Child Porn Stings in Florida last quarter 2014
The Internet Sex stings are taking a new twist here in Florida. Grady Judd seems to be shifting to Internet prostitution Stings. In Sarasota, Lee, St Johns, Brevard, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Volusia, Pasco, Alachua, Citrus, Broward, Desoto, Polk, Osceola, Seminole, Orange and Miami Dade counties there seems to be a push to get people to either send child pornography or exchange kiddie porn. Child pornography carries incredibly harsh penalties and if you are prosecuted in Federal Court the penalties can be even worse which can include sex offender registration and sex offender probation.
There is also a push to get men to respond to ads for sex with children in foreign countries. There has been recent arrests for simular sex crimes against children charges in Montana, Washington, Orgegon, Utah, Georgia, Texas, California, New York, Ohio,Virginia, Michigan, Alabama and the Carolina’s.The best way to not get arrested for a sex offense is to not commit a sex crime offense. The various law enforcement entities have now realized that sex is the best bait when it comes to creating criminal violations. Sarasota is overdue for another Internet sex sting as is Bradenton and Tampa. In the last few stings, arrests have fallen off and my bet is that you will see the police phase into more child pornography stings. Never respond to any ad that even suggests it has anything to do with images of children is sexual situations. Never, no never send or receive any child porn.
The problem is what you can do if you accidentally get a child porn image with a hash tag value sent to you while viewing regular adult porn. It is not an intentional possession but the police do not care. Simply hitting the delete button on your computer will not erase it. It stays in your computer in “unallocated space”. If you accidentally get child porn and take it to a repairman to delete it, chances are you will be reported and arrested. I even knew of a case where a man threw his computer into a canal. It was recovered and the images were still on the hard drive. Reformatting the entire hard drive is said to be an option but many people simply do not have the technical skills to do it. I have heard of cases recently where computers are hacked and porn is sent without the owner’s knowledge. If you live in an apartment building or your home is close to another house you run the risk of someone accessing your wi-fi. Unfortunately, we live in dangerous times and you do not have to commit a crime to get arrested.
Never allow anyone access to your computer. Password protect your computer or phone. If you have a teenage boy and he gets access to your computer he could interact with another teenage girl without making physical contact and you could find the police at your door. Never surrender your computer without a search warrant. If contacted, call us for a free consultation before answering any questions by law enforcement. Call Peter D. Aiken, 941 366 3506 or visit sexstinglawyer.com

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