Are the Police still running Internet Sex Stings?

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Are the Police still running Internet Sex Stings?
The answer to that is a resounding yes. They have changed the tactics slightly but the stings continue all across Florida. The FDLE has shifted the focus to child pornography but on a local level it is the same old same old. If you go on under the escort section, chances are if you respond to an ad, you are texting and chatting with an undercover detective. God forbid you are tempted to hook up and make a date, you run the risk of getting arrested. Worse yet, the police, posing as prostitutes will try and convert the misdemeanor prostitution charge to a felony by telling you that the hooker is really only 15. They will bait you into traveling to meet a minor simply to create a felony and take your car in a forfeiture proceeding. They regularly pose as Korean “massage” specialists and then to the bait and switch claiming to be underage. Remember, the best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.
If anyone on the Internet even remotely suggests they are a minor, terminate all contact, flag the posting walk away. Do not let some undercover officer talk you into doing something you would never do. The truth is, there are no young girls on the Internet who “need experience” or a “teacher”. All of those ads are police entrapment situations. You may start off talking with what you think is an adult only to be told that “I lied, I am really 14”. Do not get sucked into continuing to chat or text. Everyone’s goal is to protect kids. If you see ads like this, flag them. The police should be targeting their efforts on keeping real kids off the Internet, not talking adult men into compromising situations. If you are on, the application may match you up with what you think is a consenting adult. If they even suggest and underage encounter, stop all communication. In the past few years, I have handled 29 Internet sex sting cases. In almost 80% of them my client actually asked the chatter if they were the police. What do you expect them to say? Wake up….That is why they call them undercover officers. The police are under no legal duty to admit they are cops. I don’t know why people believe this.
They recently ran a sting in Manatee County and we are overdue for another one here in Sarasota. Grady Judd in Polk runs them almost every month. The Internet is a dangerous place and hooking up on Craigslist casual encounters or through KIK chatting can lead to a bad situation. You can get robbed or even worse hurt. You can get arrested…Do not do it.
If you are reading this too late, Call my Sarasota law office at 941 366 3506.