Defending the Serious Sex Crime involving a minor

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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

Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida

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Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida
Judges in both Federal and State Court handed out long prison sentences in two Internet sex sting cases this past week. In DeFuniak Springs a man was sentenced as a result of operation “Turkey Hunt” to 25 years in State prison. The man had fallen for the internet sex sting undercover ploy where undercover officers pose as a mother offering her twelve year old daughter for sex. The man traveled to a location to meet the mother with intent to have sex with a child. The defendant in that case was also discharged from the Air Force after 19 years of service. Other men were sentenced in cyber child sting operations to sentences of 38 months, and 36 months.
In Lake Mary Florida, in a Federal case, a man was sentenced to 12 years in Federal Prison by a United States District Judge after falling for a similar pitch where the undercover sex sting officer posed as a father offering sex with two of his children ages 12 and 8. In that case the kids were being offered for $350 dollars. In both of the cases, the age of the alleged victim played a major role in the sentence. Both Judges were swayed by the age portrayed as twelve years old.
Law enforcement in 2015 sex sting operations continues to use the lure of a parent or guardian to get unsuspecting men to travel to meet a minor for sex. The best way to avoid being arrested is to never for a second even think about having sex with a minor. Never engage in any emails, chats or texts that even remotely relate to sex with a minor. There are no moms or dads on the Internet that want someone to teach their daughters about sex. There are no older sisters that want to educate a younger sister about sex. All of these ads are undercover police officers trying to make cases.
I do recognize the right of free speech in America but the Internet sites need to step up and limit access to the adult dating sites. In order to post, there should be age verification. If the police spent more effort keeping real children off the Internet it would solve the problem. For some reason, men continue to fall for the temptation of these suggestive ads. I have yet to see a situation where a real parent is offering a child. I suspect it does not exist but no one knows for sure. One thing for sure however is the fact that no one should ever even think about traveling to engage in sex with anyone underage. If you see such an ad, report it to the police and flag it. Keeping kids off of adult sites would be a great first step. If you or a family member have been arrested in a child sex sting operation in Bradenton, Manatee, Sarasota, Seminole, Polk, Broward, Dade, Collier, Brevard, Osceola, Lee or Pinellas and are facing charges of attempted child abuse, traveling to meet a minor after use of and electronic device, lure seduce or enticing a minor for purposes of having sex or have entrapment questions or need answers to questions regarding a loved one and a recent internet sex sting arrest call me, Peter D Aiken, for a free consultation, call 941 366 3506

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, THE NEW SEX STING 2015, “DELETE DOES NOT DELETE”

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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, THE NEW SEX STING 2015, “DELETE DOES NOT DELETE”
In the US task forces have been assigned to take down people downloading and sharing child porn in 2015. In Florida recent 2015 child pornography stings are the new sex stings. A child pornography investigation, indictment or arrest can destroy your life. There is however a world of difference between arrest for child pornography and convicted of child pornography. Hiring an experienced sex crime lawyer, a criminal lawyer that understands computers and the internet, may make the difference between winning and losing.
It is possible to view or download kiddie porn accidentally, often from a pop-up. Even more common is to accidentally acquire sexually explicit images of children as a result of peer-to-peer file sharing through the use of P2P software. Gnutella was the first decentralized network. Bearshare, Limewire and Frostwire are frontrunners in this file sharing known as “ultra peers”. Most recently sites such as Facebook, dating access site, and google sharing as well as emails and smart phones are monitored for hash values containing known child porn.
The FBI and sheriffs detectives regularly visit and monitor activity in these networks. If you receive child pornography, it can be traced to your IP address and a search warrant can be issued and served to you. Policing authorities monitoring internet security also hold you responsible for having an open public network which your internet provider may or may have not told you that you have.
When you hit “delete”, it does not delete an illegal child porn image. You may delete it from your search history or your directory but it still exists on your computer in “unallocated space” and can be recovered by law enforcement. You may find yourself arrested and facing a long prison sentence.
As a Sarasota child pornography lawyer, I have questioned forensic experts and detectives. Not all criminal lawyers understand how to defend cyber sex crimes. If you have been arrested for child pornography in Sarasota or Bradenton or have charges from Pinellas Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Orange, Seminole, Highlands, Brevard, Osceola or Pasco County, call my criminal defense firm at 941.366.3506 for a free consultation or visit my website at: Sex Sting Lawyer

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Now media labels them: FAKE GIRL SEX STING FAKE CHILD SEX STING …ARE THEY?

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Whether the undercover cops and ICAC task force pose as a fake girl or Fake child in an internet sex sting operation the consequences are all the same. An experienced sex sting lawyer will tell you that they can label the charges differently but the score sheet will usually read alike when they refer to child sex abuse in a sex sting operation in 2014. In most of these sex stings prosecutors are charging the adults in the adult sites looking for a date or companion after what looks to be a bait and switch with, TRAVELING TO MEET A PARENT TO SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, USE OF A COMPUTER TO SOLICIT A PARENT TO COMMIT SEX ACTS WITH A CHILD, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVOUS BATTERY (VICTIM 12 OR OLDER LESS THAN 16), TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS (SENDER AND RECIPIENT IN STATE), USE OF A COMPUTER TO SEDUCE SOLICIT ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, TRAVELING TO SEDUCE/SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY, use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, and Transmission of Materials Harmful to Minors. These are just some of the terms that are used when charges are filed.
In most cases there is a NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE COMPLAINT FOR JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE when personal property and vehicles can be seized. (A Civil Forfeiture).These must also be addressed.
Then there is the internet exposure of your name, that even if you can get the charges reduced or you have been found not guilty in a sex sting trial, the exposure can linger indefinitely.
It has been several weeks since the last Florida Sex sting. I would expect there soon to be an ICAC and State Law enforcement internet sex sting in Pasco, Seminole, Orange, Pinellas, Manatee, Lee, Charlotte, Broward, Brevard, Lake, Hillsborough, Sarasota or Polk counties as these seem to be the hot spots.
As an experienced sex sting attorney I can try to help you and your family with the entire child sex sting nightmare. As a sex crime Lawyer, NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU THINK IT IS, I AM NOT HERE TO JUDGE YOU, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU.
If you or a family member has been arrested or are under investigation for an Internet sex sting involving an under aged child, internet sex sting or child pornography internet sting, it is to your advantage not talk to the sex sting investigators, call me, Peter D. Aiken, today for a free consultation at 941-366-3506.

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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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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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Polk County at it again in Cyberchild III Child Porn Sting July 1, 2014

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Polk County at it again in Cyberchild III Child Porn Internet Sex Sting July 2014

Yet another internet sex sting was announced July 1, 2014 in Polk County.  Sheriff Grady Judd again on television announced the arrest of another sixteen men in this latest child porn sex sting.  Although the facts are not yet public, as a Florida Sex Sting Trial Lawyer,in all likelihood undercover Sheriff’s deputies were again trolling the Internet trying to induce men into either sending or receiving child porn or traveling to meet a minor.  It is important to remember that these men are assumed to be innocent.  In the past, as the true facts unfold we learn that in many of the so called sex stings, it the undercover officers that are the ones luring, seducing and enticing otherwise law abiding men into succumbing to temptation.  If a loved one has been arrested, 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 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.

I have handled sex sting and child porn cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Polk, Seminole, Pinellas, Lake, Osceola Counties and have followed cases in all other counties in Florida and other States for years and have good grip on what it a takes to win.  Call my office in Sarasota at 941 366 3506 or visit our office in Sarasota 2060 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237. we also have offices in Ft. Myers and Punta Gorda. As a Florida Sex Crimes Attorney and an experienced Florida Sex Sting Trial Lawyer, I will be glad to answer all questions you and with your permission, your family’s questions regarding your arrest and what your future options can be.

If you are under investigation or have been arrested in a Florida sex sting operation involving child pornography, traveling to meet a minor, communicating with a minor on the internet or texting with intent to have sex with a minor or attempted lewd and lacivious acts against a minor via the internet and need a attorney that has Internet Child Sex Sting Defense and Child Pornography Defense Trial Experience call me, Peter Aiken today at 941 366-3506.

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Undercover Child Porn Sex Sting in Polk County

 

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Undercover Child Porn Sex Sting in Polk County

Sheriff Grady Judd is expanding his sex sting operations to include child pornography with his latest program called “Operation Guardian Angel”.  Nine men were arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.  One man was arrested for simply not reporting it.  The Sheriff charged him with failing to report child abuse.  Child pornography is an illness and an addiction.  I have been defending sex crimes for over thirty years and it has been my observation that many of the people charged with possession or distribution of kiddie porn were victims themselves as children.  There is a misconception that men who view child pornography go on to abuse children.  The majority of them to not.  In this latest investigation in Polk County they also arrested men for actually engaging in sex with minors and causing images to be created. lately I have seen many arrests for Possession of Child Pornography in Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pasco, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Pinellas, and Lee counties. Authorities seem to be scanning the internet all counties of the State of Florida in select Cyber Sex Child Sting Operations looking for preditors.

The possession of child pornography is a crime that cuts across all economic boundaries.  I have defended doctors, lawyers and people who you would never suspect might be involved in viewing images of children engaged in sex.  Child pornography can be prosecuted in both the State and Federal Courts.  The Federal Courts take a particularly hard position based on tough Federal Statutes and the horrible Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  In State Court, the penalties can be enhanced based on the number of images.  The Internet has caused a proliferation of Child pornography.  There is another misconception that the desire to make money is behind the production and distribution of child porn.  Now, most of the child pornography is created by people who are actually engaging in relations with minors.  There are victims in these cases.  Children worldwide are being abused.  In some instances, the men who view this stuff are victims themselves having developed a desire to see it based upon something that happened to them as children.

Every case is different.  In some cases, the issue is not guilt or innocence.  The issue in many cases is “what is an appropriate sentence”.  An experienced child porn lawyer can make a difference.  There may be technical defenses regarding the search and seizure of the computer.  There may be issues with the search warrant.  In defending these cases I now work with an attorney that has a background in computer technology.  Understanding computers, the Internet and the child pornography industry is the key to winning.  As a former federal agent and former federal prosecutor I truly understand the heavy hand of the Federal Government.

These Child Pornography cases are not hopeless.  Child Porn allegations can be defended and in some instances won.  If you have questions or comments, call me at  941 366 3506 at my office in Sarasota or you can visit my website at thesexoffenderdefender.com . You can also confidentially email me at PeterDAiken@gmail.com

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Sarasota Internet Sex Sting Running today, April 26th, 2014

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Sarasota Internet Sex Sting Running today, April 26th, 2014

Is 2014 the year of the Internet Sex Stings?  Pinellas County sex sting two weeks ago and another one here in Sarasota this week.  Just as I predicted, the Sheriff here in Sarasota followed suit and ran another so called “sex predator” undercover Internet operation once again targeting men on adult social media sites.  It does not matter that they were not seeking to engage in sex with underage minors.  It does not matter that they posted profiles on adult sites looking for consenting adult women.  It does not matter that they were not initiating contact.  When the smoke clears and the true facts come out, in almost every one of the sex sting arrests the police will be shown to be the driving force, bringing up sex and inviting men to travel (to get arrested)

It is like shooting fish in a barrel for the cops.  The FDLE post enticing photos.  The internet task force contact men and make suggestive comments.  Sex is the ultimate bait and my bet is that by the time this current sting is over, twenty or more men will be entrapped into traveling to meet a minor or tricked into sending suggestive sex photos to what the under cover cops claim is a young girl.  They will run the same “home alone” lingo.  The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

Never email a person if they claim to be a minor it is usually the cyber police.  Even if they start off saying they are an adult and then say something like “sorry, I lied about my age” terminate all contact immediately.  Do not even think about having sex with anyone under 21.  I know that is a few years over the limit but don’t take any chances.  It is sort of like catching a grouper that is barely over the limit.  Don’t take a chance.  Throw it back just to make sure.  Demand that anybody you email with send you proof of age.  Do not accept their word for it.  Demand proof of legal age.  Never travel to any house to meet with anyone.  Always meet only adults only in public places.  The Internet is a dangerous place. Craigslist is full of serious predators.  Some of them are cops trained and trying to talk you into committing crime.  I am not saying don’t get caught.  I am saying don’t even think about sex with anyone remotely underage. Do not do it

The latest stings are targeting gay men.  Be careful about Adam4adam.com, meetme.com and the other sex hookup sites.  As Sarasota criminal defense attorney, I have handled two dozen sex sting cases in Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Seminole, Hillsborough and Pinellas County. The pattern is always the same.  Naïve young men are duped and tricked into doing something they would not normally do by law enforcement trained to get you there.  Do not let curiosity lead you into a terrible arrest.  Do not do anything that will lead to becoming a registered sex offender.  If a relative or close friend get arrested, get good competent legal advice from an attorney who has handled multiple stings.  Not all Sarasota criminal defense attorneys have handled these types of cases.  In hiring a lawyer, do your homework.  It is easy to document the number of actual sex sting cases a lawyer has handled.  If you interview an attorney and need representation in a sex sting case like Operation Intercept do not rely solely on advertising.   Call me at 941 366 3506

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Operation Green Shepherd III Finally Made Public February 18, 2014

 

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Operation Green Shepherd III Finally Made Public February 18, 2014

The Bradenton Sheriff, Brad Steube, finally on February 18th 2014 came forward with the public announcement that another 25 men were arrested in the latest Internet sex sting in Manatee County.  I have been blogging on this since it started last week.  In the press release they make it sound like they have apprehended sex predators.  The truth is that, just as in the Pinellas County, Clearwater, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Lakeland, Tampa, Hillsborough, Seminole, Polk, Pasco, lake County, St Johns, Jacksonville and north Florida Cyber underage sex stings, it is the sheriff’s office and the participating police agencies that are the real sex predators.  If the public only knew the truth.  Twenty five lives have now been destroyed by police entrapment.  When the truth finally surfaces, and it will, the public will find out that the police were contacting adults on adult sites on the Internet.  The police were lying and posting profiles as women as old as thirty one.  The police were bringing up the subject of sex, inviting men to travel and were the ones doing the soliciting and seducing.  What the police are doing should be a crime.

In the latest sting, the police went way overboard.  When they finally did the bait and switch and mentioned age, many of the men balked or terminated conversation.  The police at that point are supposed to quit.  In many of the cases, they did not.  They, the cops, would reinitiate contact and go out of their way to entice the men into further conversation.  Some of the men traveled to warn what they thought was an under aged girl about the dangers of the Internet.

I watched this one unfold all weekend.  You could see the police ads and profiles in some of the dating sites like Craigslist Casual Encounters, Datehookup.com, and Meetme.com.  The police were contacting men who were not even remotely looking for a minor.  They were engaging them in chat and texts and actually suggesting sexual encounters.  They would say things like “I am not happy with guys my age”.  Law enforcement is supposed to let the suspect set the “tone and pace” of the conversation.  In most instances, the cops would send a picture of an adult they claimed to be a minor.  The police did all of the luring, seducing and enticing.

If you have a loved one arrested in one of these stings, do not assume they are guilty.  They need your support and help now.  The police held these men in “booking” all weekend to keep them from getting in touch with lawyers and their relatives.  The men now have all lost their jobs and many cannot afford an experienced sex crime lawyer.  These cases are defensible.

As a Florida Sex Sting Attorney, I want you to know the other side of these stories. If you want to know the truth about what the police really are doing, read all of my blogs.

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