Volusia County Internet Sex Sting Running Now
Here we go again with another Florida sex sting in Mid 2014. There have been 14 arrests in the last few days and they have yet to do their “dog and pony” television announcement. Once again, law enforcement is creating crimes to drive up arrest and conviction statistics. Any day now it will become public. As a sex sting lawyer, I have been following the stings now for several years. They are expanding their entrapment schemes to the general social media sites and not just targeting Craigslist and the casual sex hookups. As a Florida Criminal defense lawyer,I see that law enforcement in Florida are now targeting the other cell phone applications, the ones that hook up people within a certain distance.
Sadly, the police are continuing to create arrests targeting adults in adult sites in Sarasota county, Lee county , Manatee county, Lake county, Seminole county, Orange county, Dade County, Broward and Palm Beach counties . They justify this saying they are protecting children from pedophiles but nothing could be further from the truth. More and more the judges are condemning these practices. In a Bradenton case, just two weeks ago, Judge Lakin found that the police conduct constituted entrapment as matter of law and cautioned the cops about their tactics. I only wish more judges would have the courage to follow the law on entrapment and throw these cases out. as a Sex Crimes Attorney, I have now been involved in about twenty stings cases over the last two years. Many times, the prosecutors have been reasonable and reduced the charges to non sex offenses like “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”. Many times my clients have been able to escape sex offender registration and sex offender probation. Every case is different with different facts. There is no magic bullet and beating the cases and escaping sex charges is difficult but not impossible including Child Pornography. If a loved one is arrested, do not assume they are guilty. Do not abandon them. Do not give up.
Let me hear your views on this subject. You can visit my site at sexstinglawyer.com or you can call me at my office in Sarasota at 941 366 3506