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Sarasota Internet Sex Sting Running today, April 26th, 2014
Is 2014 the year of the Internet Sex Stings? Pinellas County sex sting two weeks ago and another one here in Sarasota this week. Just as I predicted, the Sheriff here in Sarasota followed suit and ran another so called “sex predator” undercover Internet operation once again targeting men on adult social media sites. It does not matter that they were not seeking to engage in sex with underage minors. It does not matter that they posted profiles on adult sites looking for consenting adult women. It does not matter that they were not initiating contact. When the smoke clears and the true facts come out, in almost every one of the sex sting arrests the police will be shown to be the driving force, bringing up sex and inviting men to travel (to get arrested)
It is like shooting fish in a barrel for the cops. The FDLE post enticing photos. The internet task force contact men and make suggestive comments. Sex is the ultimate bait and my bet is that by the time this current sting is over, twenty or more men will be entrapped into traveling to meet a minor or tricked into sending suggestive sex photos to what the under cover cops claim is a young girl. They will run the same “home alone” lingo. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.
Never email a person if they claim to be a minor it is usually the cyber police. Even if they start off saying they are an adult and then say something like “sorry, I lied about my age” terminate all contact immediately. Do not even think about having sex with anyone under 21. I know that is a few years over the limit but don’t take any chances. It is sort of like catching a grouper that is barely over the limit. Don’t take a chance. Throw it back just to make sure. Demand that anybody you email with send you proof of age. Do not accept their word for it. Demand proof of legal age. Never travel to any house to meet with anyone. Always meet only adults only in public places. The Internet is a dangerous place. Craigslist is full of serious predators. Some of them are cops trained and trying to talk you into committing crime. I am not saying don’t get caught. I am saying don’t even think about sex with anyone remotely underage. Do not do it
The latest stings are targeting gay men. Be careful about Adam4adam.com, meetme.com and the other sex hookup sites. As Sarasota criminal defense attorney, I have handled two dozen sex sting cases in Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Seminole, Hillsborough and Pinellas County. The pattern is always the same. Naïve young men are duped and tricked into doing something they would not normally do by law enforcement trained to get you there. Do not let curiosity lead you into a terrible arrest. Do not do anything that will lead to becoming a registered sex offender. If a relative or close friend get arrested, get good competent legal advice from an attorney who has handled multiple stings. Not all Sarasota criminal defense attorneys have handled these types of cases. In hiring a lawyer, do your homework. It is easy to document the number of actual sex sting cases a lawyer has handled. If you interview an attorney and need representation in a sex sting case like Operation Intercept do not rely solely on advertising. Call me at 941 366 3506