Sex Sting Results in Suicide
Sadly in Idaho, a 37 year old man committed suicide as police closed in to arrest him in an Internet sex sting case. You really have to question whether or not these sex stings are really worth it. The stings most of the time are not catching real pedophiles. Most of the time the men arrested are young, lonely and shy. Taking one’s life is not the answer. Some men facing lifetime registration as a registered sex offender simply cannot handle it. Some men fear the possibility of State prison so much they would rather die. The fact is however, many of the cases do not result in prison sentences or sex offender registration. As an Internet sex sting lawyer, I have handled over twenty Internet sting cases in the last few years and in most of the cases, a prison sentence has been avoided. In over half of the cases I handled, sex offender registration has also been avoided. Although the police continue to take a hard line in arresting men, many times, the prosecutor will take mitigating circumstances into account and reduce the charges to a non sex offense like attempted child abuse or unlawful use of a two way communication device. In the cases where the prosecution will not budge, some of the Courts will still either withhold adjudication or impose County jail sentences or probation. The cases are not hopeless and suicide is never the answer.
Every case is different. Some defendants are young and naïve. Some defendants have mental disabilities or are socially inept. In some of the cases, the police have entrapped the defendant or engaged in outrageous conduct. In some cases, the police have violated ICAC standards and procedures so badly that it offends the decency of the Court. In some cases, a trial is the only answer. No two cases are the same and the underlying facts in each case have to be examined carefully. The age of the defendant is an important factor considered by the prosecutor. Even more important is the content of the chats, texts and emails. People, on the Internet will say things that in real life they would never do. Some people engage in cyber chat fantasizing about things they would never do. The problem is that the police will sometimes arrest someone for simply talking or thinking about illegal or improper sex. Not all criminal defense lawyers have defended these types of cases. In some Counties, it may be the first Internet sex sting ever run. I have worked with other criminal defense attorneys in a number of different jurisdictions. There is a lot to be said for having a local attorney but sometimes putting two heads together can produce a better result. I am committed to fighting this type of police abuse and exposing some of the really outrageous actions by some agencies. Call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506 CLICK “HERE” to visit our SEX STING LAWYER WEBSITE