Is There Another Sex Sting In the Works for Manatee County?
Many people feel that the police are entrapping law abiding citizens with some of the tactics they use in the Internet sex crime investigations. One of the police tactics under scrutiny involves posting ads as adults on like Craigslist, Backpage, Adam4Adam, kik, facebook and other dating and social media sites.
There are ads running right now, on March 2015, that are either being posted by the police or by real people seeking a sexual encounter with children. Either way, it should stop. The police should not pretend to be adults and then try and convince people to travel, seduce or meet children with the intent of having sex, create situations that would have harmful materials transmitted to a child or abuse a child without great harm … Internet transmission of harmful pictures without physical contact. One of the most recent ploys involves ads that use unusual tag lines hinting at sex like “Family Fun Time”. When you see an ad that talks about “a unique situation that is not for everyone” or “a Dad + 3 hit me up”, you should not respond even out of curiosity. If it is a real person, the ad should be flagged for removal. If it is the police, you could get in trouble for simply responding and asking questions.
If the police really wanted to stop the Internet Predators, the real ones, they need to take on the giants like Craigslist that routinely permit this type of stuff to happen. There is nothing wrong with adults hooking up with other adults on the Internet. It is wrong for adults to hook up with kids that are under 18. I do not believe there are any real children advertising on the Internet asking for sex. I do not believe there are any parents advertising for sex with their children. In my experience as a sex crime lawyer, every single ad that is posted like that in internet sex stings is done by a law enforcement agency like the FDLE, the Sheriff or some Police Department.
Another ploy being used by police involves “two sisters” or “two brothers”, one of which they will later tell you is underage. If you see anything that remotely hints at any type of incest relationship, do not respond. The best way to avoid being arrested is to not commit a crime. If you inquire, even out of curiosity, they may talk you into a compromising situation. Never travel to meet anyone who could even possibly be a minor. Lately, in Pinellas County, the police did not even mention age until the people were already in route.
The police are also responding to ads posted by adults. They target military men and then try and switch the conversation suggesting travel to meet a minor. They also try and file charges for “solicitation of a minor”. The truth is the police are the real sex predators preying on adults seeking adults. Do not get arrested for a crime you had no predisposition to commit.
My advice….Stay off Craigslist. Let me hear your opinion on this subject. You can visit my sex defense site at sexstinglawyer.com
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For over thirty years I have been defending criminal cases of all types. Defending a gay defendant presents challenges that many criminal defense attorneys have not encountered. This is particularly true when the accusation involves a sex crime. It may be something as simple as a lewd and lascivious misdemeanor charge at a local park or beach or something more serious like child pornography or a Federal offense like child pornography. In my experience I have found that many of the cops are homophobic. The cops work the parks and gay hookup sites trying to entice gay defendants and in some instance actually soliciting sexual encounters. Entrapment is a defense to this type of police conduct.
The Internet Sex Stings also target men on Craigslist Casual Encounters and Adam4adam and other gay social media sites. The police undercover ads are terribly suggestive and outright entrapment. When a gay person responds, the cops know exactly what to say to make a meeting seem appealing and the police are actually trained in seducing and enticing a gay defendant. I have been defending Internet sex stings all over Florida for many years. I know how prejudiced the prosecutors, judges and jurors really are. Overcoming that prejudice is the first hurdle you have to overcome in defending a gay defendant.
Overcoming the embarrassment of the sex sting arrest is the first problem. Friends and family sometime just don’t understand. At our criminal defense firm, we do. I am a former Federal prosecutor and my partner Sean O’Halloran is a former state prosecutor. We have both prosecuted and defended sex crimes for years. We understand the challenges in sex cases. Not all criminal defense lawyers really understand how to defend sex sting cases. I encourage you to visit our website devoted to the defense of sex crimes. Go to sarasotadefender.com to review our qualifications and compare them with other lawyers. If you have a sex arrest in Bradenton or Lee, Charlotte, Manatee, Volusia, Hillsborough, Polk or Sarasota County or any of the nearby areas, call Peter Aiken today for a free consultation 941-366-3506.
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