Over twenty men were arrested in this latest Internet undercover operation in Alachua County. The police claim that over 2200 responses were received, resulting in arrests of men who traveled to meet minors for sexual encounters. What the news articles do not disclose are the tactics used by the police to entrap men who were initially seeking encounters with consenting adults on social media sites. I am willing to bet that in almost every instance the police first posed as an adult in an adult site and then bait and switched the men responding enticing them to meet with someone underage instead. I have now been involved in thirty six sex sting defenses and there is a clear pattern to the entrapment techniques used by law enforcement.
What the police are doing is simply wrong. They are creating crimes.
Most of the men who get tricked into traveling to meet a minor never intended to hook up with a child. Many respond out of pure curiosity. There is an old saying: “Curiosity killed the Cat”. As a sex sting lawyer, over and over, I read the texts and chats where the police are actually doing the luring, seducing and enticing. These cases are not hopeless and families should not assume the worst about a relative like a son, nephew or brother being arrested. The public is consistently misled with the press releases. What the police are actually doing is often catching shy or introverted lonely men who are weak and fall for the temptation of sexual chat, texting, sexting or phone calls.
The cops troll the internet adult dating sites like Backpage.com, Craigslist casual encounters, Adam4Adam posting profiles as adults. They post suggestive ads seeking men who want taboo encounters. They often pose as adult sisters seeking someone to teach little “Sis” about sex. They pose as single parents seeking someone to help educate their child about sex. I have found over the years that there are no real minors on the Internet looking to hookup with older men. It is always the cops. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. If you see a minor on the Internet, report and flag the posting. Let us all do our part to keep real kids off the Internet. If the police focused on prevention rather than creating arrests we would all be better off.
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