Today, May 23, 2017, Grady Judd was again on television telling the public how he was protecting their children from sex predators.
His office arrested 19 men charged with various sex crimes including traveling to meet a minor, solicitation of a minor, and attempted lewd and lascivious.
The Sheriff make it appear that “predators” are lurking on the Internet trying to seduce innocent kids.
Here is the real truth.
The undercover detectives are on the Internet posing as adults. After they make contact with a potential defendant, they claim to be underage. They pretend to be parents offering children for sex. They engage in conversations trying to convince men to participate.
The men are not in children’s chat rooms.
They are in adult sites. In some instances the police actually contact men who have ads posted in adult sites looking for consenting adults.
Classic bait and switch.
Grady Judd claims that the U. S. Air Force Special Investigations officers are involved. It is against Federal Law (The Posse Comitatus Act) for the military to be actively involved in purely State criminal law enforcement investigations.
It is a Federal felony.
The detectives use mobile phone applications that randomly hook up potential “Dates” based on location. After the random contact, the detective poses as someone underage. In most instances, the men are not looking for a minor. The sheriff makes a big deal over the fact they ”bring condoms”. What is left out is the fact that the undercover officers ask them to bring condoms.
The best way to not get arrested in Polk County is to not commit a crime.
Never communicate with a minor or an adult offering a minor.
If you see an ad like that, flag it and report it to the police. Never give in to temptation. There are no real teenage girls that need a “teacher” when it comes to sex. If someone even hints they are underage, terminate all contact. It does no good to say “are you a cop”. What do you expect them to say? Never, no never travel to meet a minor for anything, even out of curiosity. They don’t call it “jail bait” for nothing. Interacting with someone underage always ends badly, with an arrest and prison.
It is not worth it. Do not do it.
As a criminal defense lawyer I am amazed that month after month Grady Judd continues to make arrests. They manufacture crime in Polk County. They create crimes and create arrests, and there seems to be no end. Don’t even think about committing a sex crime in Polk or …..you will end up in the Pokey.