Lake County Hub of Latest Internet Sex Sting in February of 2014

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Lake County Hub of Latest Internet Sex Sting in February of 2014

As I predicted in my blogs over the weekend, a sex sting was in fact running with ads posted on Craigslist in Sarasota and Lee County.  The police were soliciting with their old standard catch phrase home alone again and who knows how many people responded.  Another ad they were running mentionedFamily Fun and a “Dad + 3”.  The police were also targeting military men with catch phrases.

So far, six arrests have been made public but that number is going to rise as the day goes on.

As a sex sting lawyer, I track stings and the arrests as well as the cases as they go through the Court system.  Who knows how many men responded and did not fall for the bait and switch entrapment tactic?  Who knows how many people were contacted and solicited by a Sheriff’s detective or FDLE agent and did not fall for the entrapment scheme.  Hundreds of lives have been destroyed by police entrapment.  I am sure their press release will brag that the cops are arresting sex predators.  The absolute truth is the police are the sex predators preying on lonely adults simply looking to hook up or date another adult.  As more and more people realize the police are on Craigslist, the cops turn to the other dating sites and randomly respond to normal adult ads with the goal of luring, soliciting and enticing normal men and women into compromising situations.  They want you to travel and will invite you to come.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in this Orlando area sex sting, call for a free consultation.  Not all criminal lawyers regularly handle sex stings.  The law in this area is evolving daily with more and more Courts ruling on the entrapment defense.  I have handled Internet sex crime cases, including child pornography in central Florida as well as the Gulf Coast Counties.  Many people are tricked into sexting, sending sexually explicit videos and images to what they think may be an under aged person.  Never send a penis pic to anyone.  When you see a phrase like “I am really only 15” or “I don’t have much experience” terminate all contact and flag the ad.  Kids should not be on the Internet and in fact they are not.  The only so called kids on the Internet are cops.  When you see “NSA”, no strings attached, what that really means is that “handcuffs are attached”.  Call Today for a Free Consultation :941 366 3506

“Thought Police” and the New Internet Crimes

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“Thought Police” and the New Internet Crimes

There is a disturbing trend in the last few years when it comes to sex crimes.  In the past, police investigated sex offenses and complaints from citizens.  If a crime occurred, if there was a rape, if there was sex abuse, the police conducted an investigation, arrested the perpetrator and a prosecution went forward.  Now, it is far easier for the police to simply create a crime by trolling the Internet and responding to adults seeking adults on dating and hookup sites.  The police now randomly target adults who have absolutely no predisposition or inclination to interact with minors.  I now see cases where the police engage people in emails and chat for hours or days trying to build trust and establish what appears to be a legitimate relationship.  After they get the person engaged they manipulate the conversation towards sex.  These officers are skilled in manipulating innocent men.  The undercover chatters will then casually mention age with some seemingly innocent comment like “I lied, I am really only 15, I hope that is not a problem”.  In several recent cases, I have seen exchanges where the police actually ask the person to travel to them long before any age is even mentioned.

We live in dangerous times.  The local sheriffs go on television claiming they are protecting the public from sex predators.  The truth is, it is the police that are the dangerous predators, preying on lonely men simply looking for companionship.  Even in cases where the police cannot trick someone into coming to them, they still arrest them for simply engaging in “chat” or email exchanges for solicitation of a minor.  The truth is, it is the police that are doing the solicitation.  The public needs to be made aware of what is really happening.  Noah Pransky of Channel 10 recently exposed some of the abuses in the latest Clearwater Pinellas sex sting operation.  The public needs to get involved.  If more people flagged the police posts on Craigslist and the other dating sites, less innocent men would get arrested.

If you see an ad on casual encounters advertising “family fun”, “taboo sex” “Sisters looking for fun” or anything that even remotely hints at sex with a minor, flag it for removal.  If you have an ad posted and someone responds and even hints at sex with an under aged person try and identify the responder and then report it to the police.  Never, no never engage in sex chat or “sexting” with explicit photos with anyone that even suggests they are not an adult.  Do not assume that if they are on an adult site, they are an adult.  Don’t make the mistake that thousands of men have made in Florida and get yourself arrested.  Let me hear you experiences with “close encounters of the police kind”.  If you have questions and want answers, and need to talk to a sex sting lawyer, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation

Jurors Acquit Man in Deltona Florida Sex Sting

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Jurors Acquit Man in Deltona Sex Sting

Thank goodness we have a jury system.  In December in Deltona a man was acquitted based on an entrapment defense.  The issue in the case was “who was doing the soliciting?”  In all of the Internet Sex Sting cases a defendant is charged with either using a computer or cell phone to solicit a minor or traveling to meet a minor after using the Internet to solicit a minor an a parent of a minor.  In the Deltona sex sting, the police initiated the contact.  A juror sent a question to the Court asking about “solicitation” and who did the initial “contacting”.  Ultimately, it is for the jury to decide but as a Sex Sting lawyer I have found that most of the time, it is the police doing the soliciting.  In the Deltona case the undercover cop was posing as an adult woman with a sister age 14.  The man was interested in the adult, not the minor.

The common ploy now is for the cops to pose as sisters, brother and sisters and parents.  One of the two will be an adult and the other a minor.  With their basic bait and switch tactics, the undercover cop will get the person interested in the adult and then try and move the conversation to the minor.

The police no longer are limiting themselves to Craigslist.  They are now trolling the regular dating sites and not just the sex hookup sites.  If you see an ad or if in a conversation someone even mentions a minor, flag the ad and never go back to it.  There are no real minors on Craigslist looking to hookup.  They are all cops looking to entrap you.  Stay off of Craigslist.

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.  Don’t even think about even emailing or texting with anyone even remotely suggesting they are underage.  Let me hear your comments on this subject. If you have been charged in a sex sting, sex crime or crimes against children, please call today for a free consultation at (941) 366-3506 0r in Ft. Myers call (239) 334-8890

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What Were You Thinking? She Said She was 14 Years Old

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What Were You Thinking?  She Said She was 14 Years Old

If you are reading this blog, chances are it is not too late to save yourself.  When men are arrested in Internet Sex Stings, SUCH AS OPERATION e-GUARDIAN, as a condition of bail bond they are usually prohibited from going on the Internet and will never see this blog.  There are however some of you that may have chatted with an undercover cop and have not yet been arrested.  You may or may not have a problem.   Have you ever texted or chatted with a girl that says she is 14 or 15 years old?  It was probably and undercover police officer.  Did the person you chatted with suggest traveling to her house?  Did she say her parents were away?

These are all clues that that the person you are chatting with is an undercover police officer.  Never have sex with a minor.  Ever hear the term “jail bait”.  You are signing up for a stiff prison sentence. (No pun intended)  The best way to not get arrested is to never, no never interact on the Internet with anyone that says they are underage.  The best way to not get caught is to not commit a crime in the first place.  There are more police on the Internet than there are real people looking to hookup.

As a sex crime lawyer I can pick out a cop ad from a mile away.  Young girls do not have to advertise on the Internet to have sex.  There are tons of boys as school dying to get into their pants.  Do you really think that any sweet young thing wants an old guy like you?  Get wise and get off the Internet.  IF you are reading this too late, call for a free consultation at my office in Sarasota  941 366 3506 or visit my web site at thesexoffenderdefender.com

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http://www.wfla.com/story/23746773/operation-e-guardian-nabs-15-child-predators-in-5-counties

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How do I know you are not a cop?

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I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that statement in reviewing the emails, texts and calls in Internet Sting cases.  As  a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer I have handled sex sting cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Seminole and Lee Counties.  For some reason, people have the mistaken belief that if they ask someone if they are a cop, the undercover cop has to tell the truth.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The police acting in an undercover capacity absolutely can lie.  I see this in drug trafficking cases, traveling to meet a minor cases and Internet solicitation cases.  In almost every sex sting case I handle, I see over and over the same thing in the chat strings.  Why do people believe they have to tell the truth?  Who knows?

The police regularly do all kinds of things to trick people into solicitation cases and traveling cases.  They send suggestive pictures.  They invite people over with sexy chats and emails.  They tell them to bring condoms.  They tell them to bring drugs.  This is how they catch people.  In many of the cases, it absolutely in entrapment but it takes a skilled experienced attorney to develop the evidence and get the case dismissed on win it in a jury trial.  The big problem is most people do not have the money to hire a good experienced criminal lawyer.  In most of the traveling cases, the State as a part of a plea offer wants at least 42 months in prison followed by sex offender registration and sex offender probation.  A sentence like that will ruin your life forever.  If a loved one has been busted in one of the operations like Green Shepherd in Bradenton or Operation Intercept in Sarasota and their case is still pending be sure they have real adequate representation.  Unfortunately the public defender has an enormous caseload.  They are good lawyers but terribly overworked.  Call today for a free consultation. (941) 366-3506

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http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/22610627/2013/06/17/41-nabbed-in-polk-county-online-sex-sting

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130702/ARTICLES/130709910
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Federal Sex Sting nabs 255 Suspects

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There was a huge nationwide Federal Sex Sting that culminated in arrests all over the United States, including some arrests in Puerto Rico.  Fifty five people were arrested in Florida making it one of the principal targeted areas.  The sex sting was called ‘Operation IGuardian’ and focused on child pornography.  It targeted men who were taking pictures of children and exchanging them on the Internet.  Often the sharing of child pornography involves the use of peer to peer file sharing programs where suspects actually allow other people access to their collection by giving out passwords.  Why have the Federal authorities targeted sex crimes?  The reason is because the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are incredibly tough and if arrested by the Feds for transmitting child pornography a person faces a minimum five years in Federal prison, often more.

As a Florida sex sting lawyer I have handled cases in both the Florida State Courts and the Federal Courts.  There is a huge difference in penalties and law enforcement knows that if they file the case in Federal Court they have a tremendous advantage.  In the past, the Federal Authorities were not involved in a lot of stings.  That has all changed and now Federal Agencies are going full bore after people for possessing kiddie porn (child pornography).  They are also targeting people for traveling to meet a minor or luring a minor into traveling to meet an adult.

As a former Federal Prosecutor and 25 year veteran criminal defense attorney I can honestly tell you that if you get arrested and indicted on Federal charges you really need to mount a real credible defense or you are looking at years in prison and a lifetime of sex offender registration.  You don’t want to be labeled a child predator.

Not all criminal defense lawyers practice regularly in Federal Court.  The laws and the rules are different and the unsuspecting inexperienced lawyer has no real chance of success taking on the most powerful government on the planet.  The Feds have unlimited resources, unlimited money and unlimited manpower.  The laws and the rules are stacked in their favor and unless your lawyer knows the system you are headed for a huge problem.

If you or a loved one are under investigation for child pornography, or if an arrest is coming, call for a free consultation.  Sometimes it is possible to negotiate with prosecutors before you are charged.  If you are arrested on Federal charges you may be detained without bond.  Act now.

You can visit my web page at thesexoffenderdefender.com to review my qualifications or call me in Sarasota 941 366 3506 or in Ft. Myers at 239 334 8890

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Arrested in a Florida Sex Sting?

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Florida is leading the Country in Sex Sting arrests.  That is not because there are more pedophiles here than elsewhere.  It is because law enforcement agencies have found an easy way to pump up their statistics, generate publicity and make money.  Most of the people arrested in Polk , Seminole and Manatee County are not criminals.  They are young men that were entrapped by outrageous police conduct, typically bait and switch tactics.

If a loved one has been arrested, do not assume they are guilty.  Do not abandon them.  It is very likely that they were entrapped and lured and induced to respond to emails or texts by some slick undercover cop tolling the Internet for bored lonely men.  These cases can be defended successfully.  In Polk County that have run sting after sting luring men from all over Florida and enticing them to travel to meet a minor.  The police are not detecting crime, they are creating false arrests to make it look like they are doing their job.

The police post on adult sites like Backpage, Adam4Adam and Craigslist Casual Encounters and time after time as adults.  When they get a response they try and lure lonely men with suggestive comments or “winks” claiming that they are fourteen or fifteen.  Lonely bored young men, many time shy young men fall for this ploy.

Do not trust the fate of a love one to the public defender.  Most public defenders are overworked with an impossible caseload.  Many public defenders lack the experience in handling sex cases.  Would you want your father, your brother, your boyfriend or a loved one defended by an attorney basically doing on the job training?

How do I find the best sex sting lawyer?

No legitimate lawyer will ever claim he is the “best”.  There are some very fine criminal defense lawyers in Florida.  Not all of them handle sex cases on a regular basis.  You need to find a lawyer that has experience in defending sex cases.  Look at the attorney’s background and education.  How long has he or she been actually defending sex charges?  Beware of out of State lawyers who are really running referral services and will only take your money and then hire someone locally.  Beware of lawyers that will tell you what you want to hear to get you to hire them.  Do your homework.  Go on the Internet.  Go to the Florida Bar site and check for complaints.  It is impossible for any lawyer to represent thousands of people without someone being dissatisfied but beware of any attorney who has multiple sustained complaints.  Make sure the lawyer you hire is the one who is going to handle your case.  Not all lawyers are created equal nor is their level of experience.  Good criminal defense lawyers unfortunately are expensive.  That is because they devote enormous time and effort to presenting a successful defense.  A good example is the recent Zimmerman case.  Would a public defender have won that case?  Take the time to look into the criminal lawyers background, track record and check out his or hers reputation among his peers.  Beware of lawyers that bad mouth other lawyers.  Beware of lawyers that promise a successful result.  No reputable lawyer will do that.

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There are Defenses in Internet Sex Sting Cases

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All across Florida they are continuing to run Internet Sex Stings.  In Polk County this month, June of 2013,  it was the ninth sting and it resulted in 41 arrests.  True, they may catch a real predator now and then but in the process they arrest dozens of innocent people destroying their lives forever.  There are valid defenses to these sex crime arrests and having an experienced sex crime lawyer can make a difference.  Under the Florida sentencing guidelines if you are convicted of traveling to meet a minor you are looking at a State prison sentence.  If you get convicted of solicitation of a minor, you are looking at jail.

The truth is that many people simply get drawn into chatting, texting and emailing with no intent to ever have sex with a minor.  Remember years ago when they had phone sex operators where women kept people on theline talking at three dollars a minute.  The Internet has replaced this business.  People sit for hours at a computer simply chatting and engaging in a pure fantasy with no real intent of ever acting out on it.  The Internet has become a trap for the lonely and many men who are simply lonely find themselves being lured by the police into compromising situations.

Entrapment is a defense in some cases.  Were the police in and adult site?  Did the police bring up sex?  Did the police send a photograph?  Did the police invite you over?  Did the police suggest travel?  Did the police ask for a “pic”

These are all issues that may give rise to an entrapment defense.  I have defended Internet sex crimes going as far back as the “To catch a predator” TV series by Chris Hansen.  As a sex crime lawyer, I understand how ordinary people get drawn into these situation with no real intent to ever interact with a minor.  I have handled cases in Sarasota, Lee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Charlotte, Polk and Manatee County and in every County the police seem to be engaging in entrapment.  A judge in Manatee just this month threw out two cases.  The State is appealing but in my opinion will not win.  If you or a loved one have been arrested in a sex sting, do not give up hope.  Prison is not a certainty and having a public defender may not be a good choice.  I am not here to judge you, I am here to defend you.  Call my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506 or you can visit my site at thesexoffenderdefender.com

 

Details Emerge from Ninth Internet Sex Sting in Polk County

 

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More and more details are coming out about the latest sex sting in Polk County Florida.  This is the ninth time the Sheriff there has run and Internet Sex Sting and the people still keep coming. Forty men and one woman were arrested in the latest sting.  Most were charged with traveling to meet a minor and various other crimes relating to Internet sexting and use of a communication device to lure or seduce a child.  As a sex crime lawyer, I have been blogging about this for almost two years warning people not to communicate with minor, much less cops.  Sheriff Grady Judd is proud of the fact that he can lure people into his jurisdiction and arrest them.  He claims to be protecting the citizens there.  The truth is that the police are creating crimes, luring and entrapping people into coming into Polk County.  Could it be because of the Federal Grant (money from the Feds) that is really at the bottom of this entrapment program?  In the latest round up, many law abiding people were tricked into coming to Polk County only to get arrested and humiliated.  The undercover detectives go on Adult sites looking for unsuspecting people to entrap.  Entrapment occurs when the police lure and induce a person to do something they would not otherwise do.  In Manatee County just this month (June 2013) two cases were dismissed by the Court based on the outrageous conduct of the police.  The cases were dismissed based on entrapment as a matter of law.  I have been defending sex cases for thirty years and am sickened at the way the police are doing these stings.  The cops go on adult sites and lie about their age.  They certify they are adults.  They send enticing emails and texts.  When they get the people hooked they mention that they are a minor.  This is classic bait and switch.  The problem is that they are destroying lives. I have learned not to judge people.  I defend them, I don’t judge them.  Many of these cases are defensible and no case is hopeless.  If a loved one has been arrested you can call for a free consultation.  To review my qualifications, visit my website at thesexoffenderdefender.com or call me in my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506

Another Internet Sex Sting in Polk County

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The sheriff in Polk County has announced the arrest of another forty people in the latest Internet sex sting.  Again the undercover officers have targeted people in adult sites. These people were looking for relationships with adults.  In classic bait and switch operations, the officers first certify on entering the sites like Craigslist that they are over 18. After getting people to respond they will casually throw in the comment that they are really only 13 or 14.  These officers run “chat houses” where they sit for hours trying to get otherwise law abiding people to engage in sexual chat and innuendo.  Their ultimate goal is to induce and lure people into traveling to meet what they think is a minor.

Polk County gets a Federal grant to fund these operations.  That is why so many of them are run.  They work in conjunction with the Central Florida Task Force which is composed on members of law enforcement from many counties and police agencies.  The big issue in most of the cases is that of Entrapment.  Who is actually doing the seducing and luring?  In Manatee County earlier this month, two cases from “Operation Green Shepherd” were thrown out based on the Court’s finding that young men were entrapped as a matter of law.

As an attorney handling sex crime cases for over thirty years, I can tell you that many of the sex sting cases have valid defenses and no one should give up hope.  There is a terrible downside to being convicted of traveling to meet a minor or solicitation of a minor.  If convicted you face at least 42 months in State prison, not to mention being labeled a sex offender for life.  Having to register as a felon and a sex offender is a situation that will follow you for life.  It is a lifetime punishment.  I have defended sex crime cases in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Seminole, Orange and Polk County for years.  Call today for a free consultation at my Sarasota office.  You can visit my website devoted to sex offenses at thesexoffenderdefender.com or call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

My job is not to judge you, My job is to defend you.  For compassionate aggressive and competent representation call for an appointment.