Just as I predicted, the State (Bill Eddins ,State Attorney for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton County in Florida) announced the arrest of 22 men in the latest Okaloosa sex Sting operation.
This one was captioned Operation Undertow and targeted men in the Pensacola area.
It is more of the same tactics where the police post ads on Craigslist looking for unsuspecting men they can bait and switch and talk into meeting with fictional children. They again used the classic bait words like “taboo” and pretended to be women looking for some man to “mentor their daughter”. They also used the classic bait phrase “I am very inexperienced” and suggested group sex scenes. I never cease to be amazed that men, year after year, fall for the same bait.
Another Child Porn Sex Sting in Polk 2015
Just as I predicted, Grady Judd, the Sheriff in Polk County has run another Child Porn Sex Sting. Law enforcement is phasing down the typical Internet Sex Stings and focusing more on running pro-active Internet child pornography stings. In the most recent one, in February of 2015 twelve people were arrested and charged with various child pornography offenses. One of the men was so desperate he took his own life as police were approaching. It is sad that some people are so afraid of being arrested that they are willing to kill themselves for simply looking at pictures. In most of the cases, search warrants were executed. The latest operation dubbed Child Shield I was as usual kicked off with a Grady Judd press dog and pony show.
In the recent porn sex sting, a number of the arrests involved the use of the KIK cell phone application. In almost every case, the search warrant resulted in the seizure of additional evidence that will be the subject of forensic analysis. In one case, law enforcement found burned hard drives where one of the suspects had apparently tried to destroy content. Sadly, even if you accidently get child pornography on your computer, it is next to impossible to get rid of it. There are more child pornography sex stings running right now. The best way to avoid an arrest is to not commit the crime in the first place. In some cases, it is an addiction that needs to be treated and addressed. As a child pornography sting lawyer, I feel that jail in not the best answer. Many people who find themselves addicted to viewing it were in fact actual victims as children of sexual abuse. Society views them as horrible creatures who should rot in jail when in fact, as former victims, what they really need is psychological or psychiatric help. As a criminal defense lawyer, I learned long ago not to judge people. As a sex crime lawyer my job is to defend people accused of sex offenses. Life is not black and white as Grady Judd sees it. There are more than fifty shades of grey and in the law and there is no black and white when it comes to people’s lives.
Sometimes these cases have valid defenses. The child porn sting undercover operation may have involved entrapment. The child porn search warrant may have defects. The questioning regarding you and your computer containing child porn may have been illegal. The forensics report regarding child porn on your computer may be wrong. Never give up hope. Even if you are guilty, an experienced criminal defense sex crime lawyer may be able to reduce the consequences of whatever bad decisions you have made in the past. Call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation
There was an article that is attached below of a man that was found innocent of child porn charges because his neighbor had pirated his wifi