Sex Sting Prosecution in Federal Court in Tampa

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An Air Force Sergeant was the latest man to be arrested and prosecuted in Federal Court in Tampa just days ago. The Air Force office of Special Investigations is still running stings on the Internet on Craigslist.com and other social medial adult dating sites. All of the details of this latest sting are not available yet, but the prosecution has been filed in Federal Court to take advantage of the harsh Federal Sentencing Guidelines. As a former Federal prosecutor and a former Federal agent, I understand why sometimes cases are filed there instead of the local State Courts. In this instance, the case originated with a military investigation. The military also has the option of proceeding in military court where the defendant’s fate is decided by a panel of officers as opposed to regular citizens. Federal Court is the big league and the penalties there are harsh and oppressive.

In my opinion, the military should deal with military issues and stay out of the sex sting business. I guess it is just too tempting for some of the investigators. Doesn’t the military have enough to do dealing with actual rapes and sex crimes committed by military men or fellow military members? Sex Sting Cases are just too easy to create. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. It is an easy way to run up statistics. I have represented a number of military men in State Court prosecutions in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. I have represented a number of military men in State Court prosecutions in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Those cases were all filed in State Court. In Clearwater, I handled a case where an Air Force Special Investigator by the name of Glidewell was involved in a purely State investigation and prosecution. That is a direct violation of a Federal Law, the Posse Comitatus Act, a law that specifically prohibits the military from enforcing State laws.

That is probably why now they are bringing Federal prosecutions instead of State cases.

Not all lawyers are admitted to practice in Federal Court and not all lawyers are familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure or the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Few are familiar with the military proceedings and not all criminal lawyers have experience defending sex sting or sex crime cases. A successful defense of an Internet Sex Crime takes real know how and experience. These types of cases can be won given the right set of facts, a knowledge of the law, and good hard work. Winning is not an accident. The Internet is a dangerous place. My advice is to stay away from the Internet dating sites and if anyone ever even remotely hints they are a minor, or suggests hooking up with a minor, terminate all communication. Never, no never, travel to meet a minor for anything, much less sex. Imagine being a registered sex offender for life. It just is not worth it. If you or someone you know has been questioned or arrested in a Federal Sex Sting take down in Seminole, Brevard, Orange, Lake, Broward, Monroe, Miami Dade, Polk, Highlands, Citrus, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Lee, Charlotte, Desoto or Hillsborough county call us on or before the arrest. We have the experience that you need.

 

Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida

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Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida
Judges in both Federal and State Court handed out long prison sentences in two Internet sex sting cases this past week. In DeFuniak Springs a man was sentenced as a result of operation “Turkey Hunt” to 25 years in State prison. The man had fallen for the internet sex sting undercover ploy where undercover officers pose as a mother offering her twelve year old daughter for sex. The man traveled to a location to meet the mother with intent to have sex with a child. The defendant in that case was also discharged from the Air Force after 19 years of service. Other men were sentenced in cyber child sting operations to sentences of 38 months, and 36 months.
In Lake Mary Florida, in a Federal case, a man was sentenced to 12 years in Federal Prison by a United States District Judge after falling for a similar pitch where the undercover sex sting officer posed as a father offering sex with two of his children ages 12 and 8. In that case the kids were being offered for $350 dollars. In both of the cases, the age of the alleged victim played a major role in the sentence. Both Judges were swayed by the age portrayed as twelve years old.
Law enforcement in 2015 sex sting operations continues to use the lure of a parent or guardian to get unsuspecting men to travel to meet a minor for sex. The best way to avoid being arrested is to never for a second even think about having sex with a minor. Never engage in any emails, chats or texts that even remotely relate to sex with a minor. There are no moms or dads on the Internet that want someone to teach their daughters about sex. There are no older sisters that want to educate a younger sister about sex. All of these ads are undercover police officers trying to make cases.
I do recognize the right of free speech in America but the Internet sites need to step up and limit access to the adult dating sites. In order to post, there should be age verification. If the police spent more effort keeping real children off the Internet it would solve the problem. For some reason, men continue to fall for the temptation of these suggestive ads. I have yet to see a situation where a real parent is offering a child. I suspect it does not exist but no one knows for sure. One thing for sure however is the fact that no one should ever even think about traveling to engage in sex with anyone underage. If you see such an ad, report it to the police and flag it. Keeping kids off of adult sites would be a great first step. If you or a family member have been arrested in a child sex sting operation in Bradenton, Manatee, Sarasota, Seminole, Polk, Broward, Dade, Collier, Brevard, Osceola, Lee or Pinellas and are facing charges of attempted child abuse, traveling to meet a minor after use of and electronic device, lure seduce or enticing a minor for purposes of having sex or have entrapment questions or need answers to questions regarding a loved one and a recent internet sex sting arrest call me, Peter D Aiken, for a free consultation, call 941 366 3506

Now media labels them: FAKE GIRL SEX STING FAKE CHILD SEX STING …ARE THEY?

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Whether the undercover cops and ICAC task force pose as a fake girl or Fake child in an internet sex sting operation the consequences are all the same. An experienced sex sting lawyer will tell you that they can label the charges differently but the score sheet will usually read alike when they refer to child sex abuse in a sex sting operation in 2014. In most of these sex stings prosecutors are charging the adults in the adult sites looking for a date or companion after what looks to be a bait and switch with, TRAVELING TO MEET A PARENT TO SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, USE OF A COMPUTER TO SOLICIT A PARENT TO COMMIT SEX ACTS WITH A CHILD, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVOUS BATTERY (VICTIM 12 OR OLDER LESS THAN 16), TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS (SENDER AND RECIPIENT IN STATE), USE OF A COMPUTER TO SEDUCE SOLICIT ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, TRAVELING TO SEDUCE/SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY, use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, and Transmission of Materials Harmful to Minors. These are just some of the terms that are used when charges are filed.
In most cases there is a NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE COMPLAINT FOR JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE when personal property and vehicles can be seized. (A Civil Forfeiture).These must also be addressed.
Then there is the internet exposure of your name, that even if you can get the charges reduced or you have been found not guilty in a sex sting trial, the exposure can linger indefinitely.
It has been several weeks since the last Florida Sex sting. I would expect there soon to be an ICAC and State Law enforcement internet sex sting in Pasco, Seminole, Orange, Pinellas, Manatee, Lee, Charlotte, Broward, Brevard, Lake, Hillsborough, Sarasota or Polk counties as these seem to be the hot spots.
As an experienced sex sting attorney I can try to help you and your family with the entire child sex sting nightmare. As a sex crime Lawyer, NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU THINK IT IS, I AM NOT HERE TO JUDGE YOU, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU.
If you or a family member has been arrested or are under investigation for an Internet sex sting involving an under aged child, internet sex sting or child pornography internet sting, it is to your advantage not talk to the sex sting investigators, call me, Peter D. Aiken, today for a free consultation at 941-366-3506.

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Internet Child Porn Stings in Florida

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Internet Child Porn Stings in Florida last quarter 2014
The Internet Sex stings are taking a new twist here in Florida. Grady Judd seems to be shifting to Internet prostitution Stings. In Sarasota, Lee, St Johns, Brevard, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Volusia, Pasco, Alachua, Citrus, Broward, Desoto, Polk, Osceola, Seminole, Orange and Miami Dade counties there seems to be a push to get people to either send child pornography or exchange kiddie porn. Child pornography carries incredibly harsh penalties and if you are prosecuted in Federal Court the penalties can be even worse which can include sex offender registration and sex offender probation.
There is also a push to get men to respond to ads for sex with children in foreign countries. There has been recent arrests for simular sex crimes against children charges in Montana, Washington, Orgegon, Utah, Georgia, Texas, California, New York, Ohio,Virginia, Michigan, Alabama and the Carolina’s.The best way to not get arrested for a sex offense is to not commit a sex crime offense. The various law enforcement entities have now realized that sex is the best bait when it comes to creating criminal violations. Sarasota is overdue for another Internet sex sting as is Bradenton and Tampa. In the last few stings, arrests have fallen off and my bet is that you will see the police phase into more child pornography stings. Never respond to any ad that even suggests it has anything to do with images of children is sexual situations. Never, no never send or receive any child porn.
The problem is what you can do if you accidentally get a child porn image with a hash tag value sent to you while viewing regular adult porn. It is not an intentional possession but the police do not care. Simply hitting the delete button on your computer will not erase it. It stays in your computer in “unallocated space”. If you accidentally get child porn and take it to a repairman to delete it, chances are you will be reported and arrested. I even knew of a case where a man threw his computer into a canal. It was recovered and the images were still on the hard drive. Reformatting the entire hard drive is said to be an option but many people simply do not have the technical skills to do it. I have heard of cases recently where computers are hacked and porn is sent without the owner’s knowledge. If you live in an apartment building or your home is close to another house you run the risk of someone accessing your wi-fi. Unfortunately, we live in dangerous times and you do not have to commit a crime to get arrested.
Never allow anyone access to your computer. Password protect your computer or phone. If you have a teenage boy and he gets access to your computer he could interact with another teenage girl without making physical contact and you could find the police at your door. Never surrender your computer without a search warrant. If contacted, call us for a free consultation before answering any questions by law enforcement. Call Peter D. Aiken, 941 366 3506 or visit sexstinglawyer.com

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