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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Related Articles:

http://q13fox.com/2014/10/09/corrections-officer-and-navy-sailor-among-suspects-arrested-in-online-child-sex-sting/

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/09/underage-sex-sting-arrest/16983543/

http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/09/man-caught-child-sex-sting-serve-probation/16996469/

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/09/3904043/whatcom-jail-guard-fired-after.html

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/investigations/2014/10/03/changes-to-sex-stings-after-10-investigates-reports/16666641/

 

Should I Talk to the Police?

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Should I Talk to the Police?
There is no standard answer to this question. It all depends on your individual circumstances and the nature of the investigation. In internet sex sting and child pornography investigations, almost always, you should consult with a qualified criminal attorney first. This is particularly true if there is some type of allegation of improper conduct with a minor. For example, a girl under 16 cannot consent to sexual contact, no matter how mature she seems to be, even if her mother or father approve. If you are over 24 years old the young lady must be over 17. Many times the police try and trick you by saying you forced her to get you to respond that she consented. In those situations, if you are accused of any conduct with a minor, speak to an attorney before any questioning.
If you get a visit from the FBI, Homeland Security or any other Federal agency and they want to talk to you about being on the Internet, immediately contact and attorney. Never surrender your computer unless the police actually have a search warrant. Do not assume that you have erased your search or visit history. If you accidently get child pornography on your computer and think you have erased it, chances are you are wrong and it is still there. Google now tracks the hash values of almost every image sent or exchanged and sends a report to ICAC about suspected computer users who may have sent or received an illegal image.
If you are arrested, it never pays to try and talk your way out of an arrest. Once you are taken into custody, the police are not going to change their mind and release you. You will only be hurting your chances of winning by making statements. When you hear the words, “You have the right to an attorney” pay attention. They have to warn you for a reason. As a criminal sex sting, child pornography defense attorney, I can’t tell you how many times I get cases where the most damaging evidence is a post arrest admission during a post arrest statement. Admitting you possessed something, admitting something was in your car, admitting Internet contact or admitting identity can provide the missing piece for a criminal prosecution. Most criminal lawyers, including myself and my partners at Aiken, O’Halloran and Banyai, get calls every day asking for advice. Most criminal sex crime lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. Often hiring an attorney early in an investigation can make a difference in whether or not an arrest is ultimately made. I have handled sex crimes and Internet sex sting cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, Hillsborough, Lake county, Brevard, Seminole, orange, Hernando, Pasco and Lee Counties. In the last month, I have answered Internet Sex Sting questions in Montana, Utah, Arizona California, Florida,Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Mississippi.  If you are under investigation, call today for a free consultation at our Sarasota office 941-366-3506 or Ft. Myers 239-334-8890. or click one of the links below for a direct phone mobile link.
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SOME RELATED ARTICLES:

Montana
http://www.beartoothnbc.com/news/montananews/headlines/5-arrested-in-Internet-sex-sting-plead-not-guilty-274129501.html

NY
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/21/child-porn-nyc-internet/9367471/

Utah
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58206971-78/police-sex-vernal-campbell.html.csp
Colorado
http://kdvr.com/2014/04/22/ga-sex-offender-caught-in-colo-during-sex-sting/
Arizona
http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&ArticleID=61484
NJ
http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2014/07/florida_man_nabbed_in_underage_sex_sting_passaic_county_sheriff_says.html
Georgia
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/South-Georgia-Man-Arrested-In-Undercover-Child-Sex-Sting-Operation-260117681.html
Washington
http://www.khq.com/story/26347236/seven-arrested-in-kalispell-sex-sting

Florida

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/12/justice/florida-child-sex-sting/index.html

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/2014/08/26/air-force-aiding-florida-police-sex-stings/14624991/

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-08-06/news/os-sex-sting-child-online-arrests-rape-20140805_1_law-enforcers-arrests-highlight-deputies

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140808/ARTICLE/140809703