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.
It has been about a year since the last Okaloosa sex sting. I would be willing to bet they run one in the near future. Sadly, in the last few stings I looked at, the undercover operations seemed to ensnare young men with mental disabilities. If you are a parent and have a son with a learning deficit, even if he is an adult, you need to monitor his Internet access. Young men with mental disabilities are the low hanging fruit for the police entrapment techniques.
The police also frequently run ads on Craigslist, pretending to be mothers who want someone to teach their daughters about sex.
That is ridiculous. There are no real mothers that would ever do that. No real mother would ever want her child to hook up with an adult. It is a crime for a mother to do that.
It is a crime to hook up with a child. Do not commit a crime. Do not participate in a crime.
It should be everyone’s goal to protect children and although the police have good intentions, their tactics leave a lot to be desired.
The real predators know better than to go on Craigslist Casual Encounters, and they know that any ad that even hints or pretends to be a young girl looking for experience, or sex, is really a police sting ad.
The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.
Never, no never, interact with anyone on the Internet that pretends to be 13 or 14 years old. Do not let temptation or curiosity get the best of you. Many lonely men drinking and sitting at home alone get sucked into saying stupid stuff on the Internet.
It is a second degree felony to travel to meet a minor for sex.
It is also a crime to send a penis pic to a minor.
Do not do it. Do not commit a crime.
Some of the recent sex stings also target child pornography.
I recently learned that the FBI actually took over a child porn site and ran it for a while allowing people to get kiddie porn from the site. Federal Courts are now looking into that.
If you are talking to someone on the Internet and they even hint that they are underage, break off contact immediately.
Do not try and be a vigilante. Let the police do their job. Hopefully the police monitor Craigslist and if they see a child there they will do something like contacting her parents. If there is any real mother out there trying to get someone to mentor or teach her child about sex, hopefully, the police will arrest her. The Internet is a dangerous place. We should all do our part to protect children. Parental controls on the computer is a huge first step. As a sex sting lawyer, my goal is to help people prevent crime. Crime prevention is the answer, not the creation of sex predators out of innocent men. Never, no never, email, text, skype or instant message a minor. There are plenty of adult women who want sex. Stick to adults and leave the kids alone. They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.
The latest Internet Sex Sting was carried out in Washington State. Most of the arrests were in the Spokane area.
The undercover detectives did this one a little different. The ad was on Craigslist and the catch phrase was “looking for young family fun”. According to the news reports the detectives in twenty days received over 1068 responses. The undercover chatter was posing as a mother offering her six and eleven year old daughters as well as her thirteen year old son. The police were shocked at the response of over 1000 people. The police also said more arrests may be in the pipeline. This sting was an apparent huge success so you can expect more to follow.
For years as a sex crime lawyer I have been blogging warning people about the dangers of the Internet, especially Craigslist Casual Encounters. I have repeated over and over, the best way not to get arrested is to not commit a crime. Many people out of curiosity respond to these ads and get drawn into chats and emails by enticing comments by undercover detectives. Sadly, many of the “sex stings” entrap unsuspecting young men. They are lured and enticed by officers that are “masters of deception”. In the latest sting, out of forty men arrested, only two had priors for sex offenses with minors. As a sex sting lawyer, I have seen many men arrested who have low IQ’s and learning disabilities. Many are introverted and lack self confidence and are easily led astray. Rarely do the police catch the real predators.
Just as I predicted days ago, the Lee County Sheriff’s office and the Cape Coral Police finally confirmed that another Internet sex sting operation was running.
The latest and most successful sex sting this year resulted in 21 arrests. What makes this sting a little unusual is the ages of the men arrested. Usually the police only trap (or entrap) young gullible men. This time the operation resulted in the arrest of men much older. Two of the men were in their seventies, one in his sixties, four in their forties and three in their thirties. It will be interesting to see which Internet applications were being targeted. Also it will be interesting to see if law enforcement targeted the LGBT community.
Most of the men are still in the Lee County jail on pretty high bonds.
As a sex sting lawyer, I track the sex stings around the country looking for trends in law enforcement. In the summer, it is a good way for the police to boost arrest statistics. I still feel our law enforcement manpower would be better spent luring and enticing potential terrorists rather that adult men looking to hook up with other adults. I am willing to bet that when the probable cause arrest reports become available the public will see that almost every one of the men arrested was on an adult site looking for another adult, not a child. Typically the police use a bait and switch tactic luring men who had no intention of hooking up with a minor. Time will tell. Over the last few years, I have represented men in over thirty different cases all around Florida. The police basically ignore the ICAC guidelines and do their own thing when it comes to entrapment.
In the latest Internet sex sting, five Florida men were arrested as part of “Operation Riptide” in Glynn County Georgia.
The operation involved over a dozen law enforcement agencies from Georgia, Florida and the U. S. Secret Service. Every agency has jumped on the bandwagon because it is an easy way to pump up arrests and statistics. It also makes for good press where local sheriffs can claim they are keeping children safe. In this instance one official referred to the police as guardian angels.
Time will tell as to whether or not the press releases are true. Although the sex stings may catch an occasional man who was actually trying to locate and entice a child, by far, most of the time it is the police that are contacting men and then trying to lure and seduce them into meeting with a child. There is a world of difference between what you read in the media and what really happens in real life. The police, most of the time, are the ones that do the “contacting”. The police, most of the time are the ones doing the “luring and seducing”. The police, most of the time are the ones introducing sex into the conversation. This is similar to the sex sting that was run last month in Sarasota Florida. In that sting, the undercover detectives were reaching out to men on adult sites trying to get them interested in a meeting with a fictitious child. Often, it is the social media hookup site that actually matches the people. Computers match the profiles of adults looking for adults. After computer contact is made, the police change the age and often interject sex into the conversation. As a sex sting criminal defense lawyer, I get to see the actual chats, texts and emails. The public, most of the time does not see the real evidence and hardly ever learns the real truth. In my experience, and I have handled dozens of these cases, the real facts are far from what you see on television. I encourage members of the public to follow these cases. Sadly, family members, employers, friends and co-workers abandon men arrested in these types of cases without ever really knowing the facts. In defending these sting cases, you have to show that it is the police doing the “contacting”. Often you can show that the men were in purely adult sites looking solely for a consenting adult. You can prove that age was initially misrepresented by the police before they do the “bait and switch”. Often the undercover detectives ask the men to come over and make suggestive comments like “Do you want to cum over”. It is no accident the police spell come as “cum”. They are masters at deception and enticement. These cases are defensible and depending on the facts can be won. More and more, juries are becoming aware of what the detectives are doing. Not all lawyers have experience defending these types of cases and some do not know the current status of the law with respect to entrapment. Some lack the technical skills and computer savvy to thoroughly investigate and prepare a sex sting defense. If you have a loved one accused in this type of case and want to talk, give a sex crime lawyer a call
A Couple of Sheriff’s deputies ran their own little sex sting here in Sarasota resulting in the arrest of a handful of young men ages 18 to 53. The police trolled on Backpage.com, Meetme.com, Craiglslist.com, Grinder.com, Badoo.com and even used KIK messenger. They targeted two young men that were gay. Sadly, young men, barely out of their teens are no match for savvy female detectives twice their age.
In these types of sex stings, the detectives are the real sex predators.
Think of the good that could have been done if the detectives had spent that same amount of time lecturing and speaking at local schools. The real solution is to warn young girls and young men of the dangers of the Internet.
It does no good at all to arrest a bunch of young guys, make them registered sex offenders, stick them in prison and ruin their lives.
Grady Judd is at it again in 2016 with another sex sting in Polk County. Just when you think it is safe to go back on the Internet, Polk County deputies run their classic bait and switch sex sting. This time they call it “Operation April’s Fools”. Most were arrested for traveling to meet a minor, solicitation of a minor, transmission of information harmful to a minor and use of a communication device to commit a felony. Some of the men arrested had drugs on them including marijuana and pot. Grady’s detectives worked with other law enforcement agencies, including the FDLE. Most of the men arrested were young. They fell for the classic ploy where the police pretended to be a single dad wanting his daughter to learn about sex. The men came from all across Florida from Collier, Lake, Osceola, Orange, St. Johns, Seminole and Volusia County. As a sex sting lawyer, it never ceases to amaze me how Judd’s deputies time after time trick men into sexual chatting, sexting and traveling. The cops in Polk have it down to a science. They know just what to put in the ad. They know just how to tempt young lonely introverted men into doing something that they would never ever do. Judd’s detectives are masters in convincing otherwise law abiding young men into doing something stupid. Sadly, for the men that fall for the sting, the arrest will cost them their jobs, land them in county jail awaiting trial, and if convicted destroy their lives. Grady always says he is protecting the people of his County. The sad truth is that most of the men arrested in the sting are not from Polk but rather young guys drawn there by the ultimate temptation, sex.
Sex is the ultimate bait for a young man. A lot of the guys were between 19 and 22. In my opinion, the sex stings, although fantastic publicity for an elected official do more harm than good. The police are creating crime, not detecting or preventing it. The crime originates in the mind of the undercover officer and he sells it to an unsuspecting young impressionable man. Most of the young men really were entrapped.
There are defense in some of the cases. Entrapment may be a valid defense depending on what is said in the chats. The police ask them to bring condoms and when they show up with condoms blame them for it. The police ask them to come and have sex and when they accept, claim that it is the defendant that did the solicitation. I have been involved in thirty six sex sting defenses all across Florida. Nine times out of ten, it is the police doing the soliciting. A conviction can result in a State prison sentence, sex offender registration, sex offender probation and a lifetime of misery.
The Perils of Being a Stepdad
We live in dangerous times when it comes to being falsely charged with a sex crime. As a sex crime lawyer I often come into contact with men falsely accused by a stepdaughter, a girlfriend’s daughter or relative seeking to break up a relationship. They become good providers, good surrogate fathers and often good stepfathers. All too often I have seen a man with good intentions, through no fault of his own, falsely accused of a sex crime by a devious young teenage girl with an out of control imagination. It is true that sometimes sex crimes occur. It is also true that often the accusations are simply false. Sadly, most of the time the special victim’s detectives blindly believe what the young woman is saying. It is a stacked deck when it comes to sex crime investigations and if you get any indication you are under investigation, you need to lawyer up ASAP. Do not try and talk your way out of the false accusation. What you say will be used and turned against you.
Being innocent is not enough. Sometimes, kids lie, not knowing how their lie or exaggeration can destroy a life. A simple arrest for a sex crime will in Sarasota County result in a high bond, often beyond reach of the average person. The child may be trying to break up the relationship. The child may be jealous and seeking her mother’s attention or may be trying to get her mom back with her biological dad. The number one reason for a false accusation is to get “attention”. When they make up a story about a “touching”, they immediately become the focus of everyone’s attention. The police treat them with kid gloves. The send they to an interview with the child protection team. The stepdad is thrown out of the house. Their mother immediately believes them and turns her rage on her partner of many years. The prosecutors here in Sarasota are mostly women and always believe the child, not matter what the evidence shows. The young girls are brought in to meetings with the prosecutors. They become the focus of everyone’s attention. It takes a highly skilled sex crime lawyer It takes a highly skilled sex crime lawyer . You have heard the saying “the truth will set you free”. The problem is that often the truth is buried and justice does not prevail. Winning becomes a priority and the truth often does not come out.
Good top quality legal representation is a must. Experience is sex crime cases is huge factor when it comes to getting to the truth. I have been defending against false accusations for over thirty years. Good investigation, good cross examination and good presentation can produce good results.If you or a loved one have been arrested in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota or Manatee County, call an experienced criminal defense attorney
Here we go again. Sheriff Keith McKeithen of Bay County in Panama City, Florida, just announced the arrest of 16 men calling them “dirtbags” and talking about how law enforcement was preventing deaths and bodies being found. This is not even remotely true and once again just grandstanding.
This latest operation, “Operation Mirage”, an ICAC dog and pony show, was the result of the combined efforts of a number of law enforcement agencies. Sadly, these operations rarely catch real sex predators but instead entrap young men on adult websites, looking for adults. The sheriff stated that they were monitoring websites looking for men targeting children. The truth is that law enforcement is posting on adult websites trying to trick men into texting, sexting and emailing with undercover officers who then switch to age to 14 or 15. As a Sex Sting lawyer, I have handled over 3 dozen of these cases and know first hand what law enforcement is really does.
The Public is being mislead
What generally is not disclosed to the public are the real methods and techniques used by the undercover cops. They post as adults on adult sites. They put up adult profiles. They are masters at luring introverted young men into compromising situations. They are masters at luring introverted young men into compromising situations. In truth and in fact, they are the ones doing the luring and seducing. The general public never hears or sees what is really happening in these sting operations. The public is being brainwashed into thinking there is an epidemic of child solicitation on the Internet. There is an epidemic of entrapment by misguided law enforcement officials.
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Defending the Serious Sex Crime involving a minor
Throughout Florida and the United States there are arrests for child porn sex stings daily. The charges range from solicitation of a child, possession or transmission of child pornography across the internet to lewd and lascivious, sexual battery on a child without a victim to traveling to meet with intent to have sex with a child. Although the facts are not always made public, in all likelihood undercover Sheriff’s deputies are again trolling the Internet trying to induce men into either sending or receiving child porn or traveling to meet a minor. In the past, as the true facts unfold we learn that in many of the so called sex stings, it is the undercover officers that are the ones luring, seducing and enticing otherwise law abiding men into succumbing to temptation. It is important to remember that these men are assumed to be innocent. If a loved one has been arrested in a sex sting, do not assume they are guilty. Sadly, most of the time, families and employers abandon men based solely on the criminal charges that are filed. As a sex sting and sex crime lawyer, the one thing I have learned is not to prejudge a situation. There is a world of difference between an accusation and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Over the next few days and weeks we will learn more about this in the latest Florida sex sting. As a Child Pornography Defense Attorney, I often see that some people assume that if a person possesses child porn, they go on to molest children. In most instances, this is simply not true. Over the years I have found that many of the men that are charged with possession of child pornography were victims themselves in their youth. Viewing pictures of minors does not mean that a person molests minors. Often child pornography images can end up accidently on a computer. Even if a person tries to delete a child pornography image, it unfortunately still remains in the unallocated space part of the hard drive. Not all criminal defense lawyers understand the ins and outs of child pornography defense or understand or appreciate the difficulty of defending sex crimes. If a relative or loved one has been arrested in a sex sting feel free to call for a free consultation. As a Sex Crime Attorney, I have handled sex sting or child porn cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Polk, Seminole, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Brevard. I have followed cases of those arrested for serious sex crimes in many other cities and counties in Florida and other States for years and have good grip on what it a takes to successfully defend difficult sex crimes. Call my office in Sarasota at 941 366 3506 or Click here to visit our website: sarasotadefender.com