Colorado Jumps on Sex Sting Bandwagon

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Colorado Jumps on Sex Sting Bandwagon
Law enforcement is Colorado Springs announced this month the culmination of a two month nationwide sex sting operation called “Operation Broken Heart II”. In Colorado, the sex sting operation resulted in 42 arrests for a variety of sex crime offenses. As usual, the announcement said it target child predators. This latest operation seemed to include an unusual number of child pornography cases. There seems to be a trend in the sex crime arrests slowly focusing more on kiddie porn creation, sharing and transmission. The State can legitimately argue that there is genuine harm to the victims, those children who are the victims of sexual battery during the creation of the photos or videos.
Florida Child Pornography Arrests
Here in Florida, I can say for sure that I have seen a trend towards more and more child pornography arrests.  This is particularly true when it comes to peer to peer file sharing programs. Law enforcement now has some really sophisticated techniques when it comes to identifying people who receive and share images of children engaged in sex. The courts have really ramped up the penalties and many judges are handing out long sentences. If a person is convicted, at sentencing, particularly here in Sarasota County, you can expect the State to file a “victim impact statement” from some of the people in the videos who have now been identified. Even if a person had nothing to do with making the video, and the photograph or video was made 10 years ago, the prosecutors here in Sarasota will argue for harsh punishment.
There are technical defenses to child pornography cases. The State still has to prove possession. A confession is still their best evidence, particularly when the computer is found in a jointly occupied home. For that reason, if you are contacted by law enforcement or if a search warrant is executed on your residence, it is important for you to exercise your right ot remain silent. Do not try and talk your way out of a bad situation, it will only make things worse. If you hear the words, “you have a right to an attorney”, exercise that right and terminate the interview. Tell the police, “I want to talk to a lawyer”. They are supposed to terminate the questioning. No matter what, make no further statements and seek immediate counsel with a sex crime lawyer. If you are under investigation or have been the subject of a search warrant, call 941 366 3506 and ask to speak to Attorney Peter D Aiken for a free consultation today.

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Why have so many Disney and Nearby Theme Park employees been arrested in Sex Stings?

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The Truth About Internet Sex Stings
I have been blogging on internet sex stings for years. It still amazes me how effective the undercover cops are in seducing and enticing unsuspecting men on the Internet.
Many TV Networks and Newspapers reported the fact that Orlando Area Theme Park employees have been arrested in Internet sex stings. Most people see ‘Theme park employee’ and automatically assume guilt and that an actual child may be involved. The impression given on national television is that the park is crawling with child sex predators. I really wish CNN had focused a little more on the way Sheriff Grady Judd is running the stings. Everyone has seen Grady Judd on television bragging that he is keeping his County safe from pedophiles. The truth is that with the grant from ICAC he is justifying the millions received from the Department of Justice. The task force comprised of various members of the Florida Sheriff’s Association has run numerous stings, many of which originate in Polk and Lake County near the Disney park. The sex stings in many instances involve conduct that is clearly entrapment. They are not preventing crime in Polk and Lake county in Florida, they are creating it. These cases are not totally hopeless. There have now been a number of Court decisions finding that the police conduct constitutes entrapment as a matter of law. A few of the courts have actually dismissed cases before trial.

How to find a good sex sting criminal defense lawyer
If you or a loved one had been arrested, finding and hiring a good lawyer is a daunting task. You cannot rely on advertising alone. Being good at marketing or advertising does not necessarily mean that the lawyer is good in the Courtroom or effective in negotiating with prosecutors. Some lawyers advertise all over Florida and claim to have multiple offices in each County. Generally, these lawyers will speak with you on the phone and then refer your case to some local relatively inexperienced lawyer. You need to know that the lawyer you are talking to, the lawyer you are hiring, is the lawyer who will be by your side in the Courtroom. Experience and reputation are huge.
Things you need to know
Look into a lawyer’s education, background and experience. How long has he been defending cases? Does he have law enforcement experience? Does he practice in State and Federal Court? Has he ever been a prosecutor? Has he or she handled my type of case before? Does he specialize in certain types of cases? What role did they have in the cases they list as experience? All lawyers are not created equal. Insist on meeting personally with the lawyer. Does he make a good professional appearance? Does he understand the law? Does he listen to your problem? Does he understand your concerns? Is he being honest or just telling you what you want to hear? Does he promise specific results? Do not be tricked or fooled by false promises….Every person wants to hear things will be OK

Sex cases are tough but not impossible
You only get good plea deals when you have an attorney that knows how to raise good defenses and negotiate with the prosecutors. You only get good deals from a position of strength and having a good chance of winning if you go to trial. The prosecutors almost always start off offering State time in prison as well as a sex conviction. It all depends on how strong the case is, whether or not the witnesses are strong and how bad the evidence is against you. Sex cases are tough but not impossible. Even when the cases seem hopeless and the evidence is against you, a good lawyer may be able to do damage control and get you a plea deal for a lesser offense or a lower sentence. Never give up hope. No two sting cases are the same. If you have internet sex sting questions that need answers and you want an evaluation of your case, call Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney Peter Aiken 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

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Eighteen More Men Arrested in Jacksonville Sex Sting

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Eighteen More Men Arrested in Jacksonville Sex Sting

Here we are in June of 2015 and in just one week there have been sex stings in Polk, and Lake Counties and now again in Jacksonville Florida.  Are there really more sex offenders or are the police just getting more creative at creating crimes and entrapping gullible young men.  There cannot possibly be this many men looking for kids on the Internet.  The truth is that in the last thirty sex sting cases I handled, not once was there even a hint of a real child on the Internet.  Every County is jumping on the cyber child sex sting publicity bandwagon.  The latest Jacksonville sex sting involve Bradford, Brevard, Marion, Okaloosa, St. Johns and Volusia Counties and involved police from the Tallahassee, Gainesville, Pensacola and Jacksonville police departments.  What is being reported is simply not true.  The press releases claim that suspects are using electronic devices to solicit sexual activity from minors.  That is incorrect.  What is really happening is that the police are on adult sites or targeting adult phone applications and after engaging adult men in suggestive conversations then change the age in classic bait and switch.  The police encourage and solicit travel to meet minors.  In most of the cases what really happens is just the opposite of what is reported.  The public needs to be educated as to what is really happening.  The police are not detecting or preventing crime, they are creating it.

                                               Operation Savior ?

The latest operation was named Operation Savior.  It should more aptly be called Operation Entrapment .  It amazes me that week after week, unsuspecting normal adult men are talked into committing crimes.  Young gullible men are tricked in traveling to meet a minor.  Sex is the ultimate bait.  Here are the golden rules.  There are no real young 14 year old girls on the Internet that want to find some older guy to teach them.  It is always a cop.  There are no real fathers, mothers or sisters trying to find an older guy to have sex with a minor.  It is always a cop.  The best way to stay out of trouble and not get arrested is to not commit a crime.  Never chat or text with a minor under any circumstances.  If someone contacts you on a phone application and then says they are underage, report them to the police.  Do your civic duty and help stop crime and never, no never, travel to meet a young girl.  Never send child pornography and never, no never, send a penis pic to anyone.  To use a phrase from the drug ads….Just say no…Report the minor, flag the ad and contact law enforcement.  Thousands of young men are having their lives destroyed in these sex stings all across Florida and America.  As a sex sting lawyer what I see breaks my heart.  A conviction destroys your life and becoming a registered sex offender for life basically screws you for life.

Experience Counts when your life is on the line

I have now defended over thirty of these types of cases.  They are defensible if you have good facts.  Many defense lawyers simply do not have the experience in this area so if you have a loved one facing this type of sex crime, and you need to hire an experienced compassionate criminal defense trial lawyer. One article stated that they have arrested 18 men so far, if you or a loved one feel that you are under investigation in this internet sex sting please do not hesitate, call today  call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

 

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Polk and Lake County Team up on Sex Sting

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Grady Judd is running out of people to arrest in Polk County so he has teamed up with the Sheriff in Lake County. In the latest May and June 2015 operation, they have arrested 101 people. Most of them were in prostitution stings where the cops were either posing as prostitutes on the Internet or responding to prostitution ads on Backpage.com or Craigslist.com. The rest of the internet sex sting arrests were for men responding to adult Internet social network sites.
The press release is today so I am sure Grady will be telling his audience how he is making Florida safe with the sex sting operations. With respect to prostitution, it would be simpler to make it legal. The same thing with marijuana, make it legal. Take the money out it, and simply regulate it. Prostitution has been around as long as there have been men and women. There was a show on the discovery channel recently about female penguins that traded sexual favors for rocks to build their nests. Even the birds engage in prostitution.
Sadly, most prostitution is the result of drug addiction. We should treat addiction as a medical problem and work to help people rather than incarcerate them. For members of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the stings produce arrests, publicity and justify Federal funding so there is no chance it will come to an end.
The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Internet hookup sites are dangerous places and contact with children for sex is absolutely prohibited. You can be innocently on an adult site and get a text or response from someone saying they are underage. Terminate all contact, flag the ad or response never under any circumstances continue to chat with anyone that even remotely suggests they are underage.
If a loved one has been arrested for traveling to meet a minor, Internet solicitation of a minor or sexting, or charged with internet or cyber crimes involving sex stings call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

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