The Sarasota Bradenton area is way overdue for another Sex Sting
If the pattern holds true, another sex sting should be coming soon to this area. The Bradenton Sheriff’s office and the Sarasota Sheriff’s office usually try and make them coincide with drinking holidays like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s day. My bet would be that they lay off the Craigslist Casual Encounter site and go more for the escort sites and the social media sites that use apps to set up casual hookups. Grady Judd has had a lot of success doing prostitution stings over in Polk so it is only a matter of time until they do them here. One of the wrinkles they have been running is to pose as an escort service and then when an adult calls in, try and do a bait and switch and substitute a minor. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Never even think about hooking up with anyone even close to being a minor. Demand proof of age as an adult. Never fall for any temptation or suggestion of an underage hookup.
I would predict the cops will also be targeting gay men using “underage” as real bait. Casual Encounters in now dominated by gay “men for men” posts. If there is even a remote suggestion that the person on the other end is underage, run, don’t walk, away. The other trend is that of child pornography stings. Here in Sarasota they are really targeting child pornography and seeking life sentences on anyone possessing child pornography or worse yet sending it. As a sex sting lawyer and child pornography attorney I am appalled at the sentences being handed down. Just two weeks ago the Second District Court of Appeal held that 63 years in prison was not cruel and unusual punishment in a case involving child pornography videos. I have suspected for years that the police actually run some of the child porn sites. There is some suggestion that the FBI raided a site and then kept it up for some time offering kiddie porn getting the IP addresses of the customers. Never engage in file sharing on ARES. Law enforcement has a secret app that comes into a computer without your knowledge. Never possess child pornography and if offered it, do not bite or accept it. You now get more time for looking at pictures and videos than you do for actually committing some actual crimes.
When people are arrested in sex stings, they are usually held where they cannot communicate with the outside world for a few days. They don’t want them to talk to a lawyer. If you get a call from a relative or friend arrested in a Sex Sting, call A SEX CRIME ATTORNEY