Just as I predicted days ago, the Lee County Sheriff’s office and the Cape Coral Police finally confirmed that another Internet sex sting operation was running.
The latest and most successful sex sting this year resulted in 21 arrests. What makes this sting a little unusual is the ages of the men arrested. Usually the police only trap (or entrap) young gullible men. This time the operation resulted in the arrest of men much older. Two of the men were in their seventies, one in his sixties, four in their forties and three in their thirties. It will be interesting to see which Internet applications were being targeted. Also it will be interesting to see if law enforcement targeted the LGBT community.
Most of the men are still in the Lee County jail on pretty high bonds.
As a sex sting lawyer, I track the sex stings around the country looking for trends in law enforcement. In the summer, it is a good way for the police to boost arrest statistics. I still feel our law enforcement manpower would be better spent luring and enticing potential terrorists rather that adult men looking to hook up with other adults. I am willing to bet that when the probable cause arrest reports become available the public will see that almost every one of the men arrested was on an adult site looking for another adult, not a child. Typically the police use a bait and switch tactic luring men who had no intention of hooking up with a minor. Time will tell. Over the last few years, I have represented men in over thirty different cases all around Florida. The police basically ignore the ICAC guidelines and do their own thing when it comes to entrapment.
Having good legal representation in the form of an experienced sex crime lawyer can make a huge difference. The Internet is a dangerous place. This is particularly true when it comes to Internet dating. You can believe nothing you see on your computer or smart phone. Sadly, many men find this out too late.If you need help for a loved one, and want them to have good representation, call my Ft. Myers office at 239 334 8890.
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