Sex Sting in Jacksonville nets 17 Arrests

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ABOUT ATTORNEY PETER D. AIKEN

September 5 2018

Operation D.U.V.A.L, an Internet sex sting run by the Duval County Sheriff’s office, this week resulted in the arrest of seventeen men for purportedly targeting children on the Internet.

The details of the arrest are not yet posted, and all we have so far is the law enforcement “spin” on what really happened. Were the men really seeking children or were law enforcement detectives working in an undercover capacity seeking men with bait and switch ads on social media sites? Often, there is an incentive for the police agencies to produce results if they have taken federal money or grants from ICAC. It will be interesting to see which social media sites were used now that Craigslist casual encounters and Backpage.com have been taken down.
In St. Johns County, in the last sting, police were posting on adult escort sites and then running the “bait and switch” claiming or pretending to then be minors. The Internet is a dangerous place for children but it is also a dangerous place for lonely men. Over the years, I have represented a number of intellectually challenged men with autism who fall for the police entrapment techniques. What I have learned is that you cannot believe the press reports put out by the various Sheriff’s departments. When you actually look into the facts and the evidence of what really happened, many times it is the police doing the luring, seducing and enticing. The police will first pretend to be an adult woman, posting on an adult site. When they get a response, in the first three or four chats, they will say “I am really 14”. Many men continue with the chat out of curiosity.The undercover detectives will pretend to be a 13 or 14 year old trying to lure the men into traveling and meeting.

Curiosity killed the cat!

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. If you stumble into this type of situation, never, no never travel to meet a minor. If someone on a social media site even hints they are underage, terminate all texting and chat. The police will arrest you for even chatting or texting with a minor, even if you do not travel. The world is full of adult women anxious to have sex (just like men). Don’t even think about hooking up with a kid. There are no teen age girls out there that want someone to “teach them about sex”. It is always a cop, always! They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.

ABOUT ATTORNEY PETER D. AIKEN

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Over twenty men were arrested in this latest Internet undercover operation in Alachua County. The police claim that over 2200 responses were received, resulting in arrests of men who traveled to meet minors for sexual encounters. What the news articles do not disclose are the tactics used by the police to entrap men who were initially seeking encounters with consenting adults on social media sites. I am willing to bet that in almost every instance the police first posed as an adult in an adult site and then bait and switched the men responding enticing them to meet with someone underage instead. I have now been involved in thirty six sex sting defenses and there is a clear pattern to the entrapment techniques used by law enforcement.

What the police are doing is simply wrong. They are creating crimes.

Most of the men who get tricked into traveling to meet a minor never intended to hook up with a child. Many respond out of pure curiosity. There is an old saying: “Curiosity killed the Cat”. As a sex sting lawyer, over and over, I read the texts and chats where the police are actually doing the luring, seducing and enticing. These cases are not hopeless and families should not assume the worst about a relative like a son, nephew or brother being arrested. The public is consistently misled with the press releases. What the police are actually doing is often catching shy or introverted lonely men who are weak and fall for the temptation of sexual chat, texting, sexting or phone calls.
The cops troll the internet adult dating sites like Backpage.com, Craigslist casual encounters, Adam4Adam posting profiles as adults. They post suggestive ads seeking men who want taboo encounters. They often pose as adult sisters seeking someone to teach little “Sis” about sex. They pose as single parents seeking someone to help educate their child about sex. I have found over the years that there are no real minors on the Internet looking to hookup with older men. It is always the cops. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. If you see a minor on the Internet, report and flag the posting. Let us all do our part to keep real kids off the Internet. If the police focused on prevention rather than creating arrests we would all be better off.
If a friend or relative got busted in this sex crime sting call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

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