Super Bowl Sex Sting ?

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January 2020

Super bowl Sunday 2020 is coming up this week and that means, nationwide, there will probably be multiple sex stings targeting escort services and people responding to escort sites.  If this year is like the past years, law enforcement will try and lure buzzed partying fans with enticing escort promises.  The Super bowl is in Florida this year and you can count on Grady Judd in Polk County to have his undercover detectives working the escort sites.  In Florida there has already been an announcement that they will be targeting “human trafficking” which law enforcement equates to escort and sex sites.

The really sad thing is that in some of the stings, the undercover chatters will try and convert what is normally a misdemeanor (solicitation of prostitution) into a felony by telling the guy that the escort is under age (a minor).  Just “chatting” on some of the sites can get you arrested for “Internet solicitation”.  You don’t have to “travel” to get arrested.  You can get arrested for just “fantasy chat” and “role play”.

The Internet is a dangerous place, and as a sex crime lawyer, I have found that in the 40 plus cases I have handled, many times the guy was under the influence of alcohol.  Drinking and chatting on a dating or escort site can result in a person being arrested for just saying some stupid stuff.  Remember this!  If at any time the person you are chatting with even remotely hints that they are a minor or a child, immediately terminate all communication.  The police undercover chatters will try and tempt you and get you engaged in explicit sex talk and then try and talk you into traveling to a takedown site just like you see on the former TV show “To Catch a Predator”.  The truth is that in these times, the police are the predators.

In Florida law enforcement has also made a full court press on child pornography cases. Here in Sarasota and Manatee County, the State attorney’s office has gone all out in seeking life sentences on men for simply looking at a video.  Here in Sarasota, the State always files 40 counts of second degree felonies running the sentencing guidelines to life in prison.  Never, no never, even out of curiosity download a picture or video of a child engaged in sex.  If you are on the Internet, you have to know what you are downloading.  Never uses any type of peer to peer file sharing application.  If you do, law enforcement can come into your computer without your knowledge and extract stuff.  When you are not home, shut your computer down.  Never let anybody use your computer, including relatives and friends. To be safe, if you have WiFi, make sure it is password protected and don’t give anyone your password.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so don’t be tempted to do anything remotely illegal with a minor.  Have a safe and happy Super Bowl.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in a super bowl LIV sex sting don’t abandon them. Call today for a free no obligation confidential consultation to see what options are available to you with the facts of your particular charge(s) and arrest.


Is there another sex sting running now in Sarasota ?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer
Experienced in Sex Crime Defense

May 2018

Is there another sex sting running now in Sarasota?

Sarasota is long overdue for anotherInternet Sex sting. Now that Craigslist Casual Encounters has been taken down and now that has been shut down it will be interesting to see how law enforcement entices men to respond to their ICAC investigations. My bet is that they will be using the smart phone applications like Tinder, snapchat and other dating sites like or Right now, May 21st, if things go as usual, the Sheriffs department will be blocking the release of public information and denying the men their right to an attorney by not allowing them to make outgoing calls to family, friends or even an attorney. I fully expect that there will be a press release today or one day this week. Time will tell.

As a sex crime lawyer, I have defended over forty sex sting cases all over Florida. I am curious to see what tool the undercover chatters will be using to entice men totravel to meet a minor. The usual charge is unlawful use of a computer to solicit a minor or traveling to meet a minor after using a computer to solicit a minor”. For years I have blogged telling both men and women the best way to not get arrested is to never communicate with anyone that ever even hints they are underage. In the stings, typically, the undercover chatters claim to be adults and then when the chat gets going they say something like I am sorry, dont be mad, but I am really 14. They try and sucker the guys into continuing the chat with enticing hints that they are really old for my age or they like older guys. Sadly, over the years I have found that the men who fall for this are insecure and sometimes autistic or mentally challenged.

Do you have a husband brother or father you have not heard from in days? Have you checked to see if they are in jail? Until the sting breaks, they may not be able to call. I will be following this over the next few days to see if the sting is really running and see how many guys get entrapped.


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Is this the end of Internet Sex Stings?

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The new legislation is going to take a giant bite out of the ICAC sex sting operations by local police. The police were the ones posting most of the phony ads. My prediction is that now law enforcement is going to target the escort sites going after the businesses that post ads for prostitutes. The new legislation is really going to hurt the thousands of women who provided sex for money. Their number one site for posting their wares has now gone down. What will replace Craigslist personals? Someone is going to step in and fill that void. The very simple answer would be to legalize and regulate prostitution. Men have been paying women for sex in one way or another for all of recorded history. It will not stop it and making it illegal only creates a market for illegal human trafficking. Good example, there would be no Mexican Cartels if marijuana had been legalized 50 years ago. Making some things illegal only creates a greater demand. The police can go back to the street hooker stings like the ones they run here on S.R. 41 but that will not touch the higher class prostitutes who were working the Internet.

My prediction is that over the next few months many of the escort site providers are going to have to find a loophole or face prosecution themselves. Until then, where are the police going to run the stings. My prediction is that you will see an increase in child pornography stings. Never respond to anything that even remotely hints at images of an underage person. My advice is to never use any type of peer to peer viewing application. Do not even use it for music or even legitimate types of file sharing. If you use a peer to peer program in your computer, the police can come into your computer without your knowledge. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Do not be curious! Curiosity killed the cat. Do not be tempted!Giving in to temptation can land you in prison. If something is illegal and you feel a compulsion to do it, get psychological help before it is too late. Many people look at child porn because as children, they were victims. Do not spend your life in prison over looking at pictures.

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Craigslist Casual Encounter taken down..Finally

Peter D Aiken
The Sex Offender Defender

March 24 2018

Where did Craigslist personals and casual encounters go?

In response to the latest action in Congress, Craigslist has finally taken down the personals section including Casual Encounters. Had this been done years ago, it would have saved many men from becoming registered sex offender. For a decade, the police undercover chatters have been posting misleading ads in Craigslist personals. The police would post in the women for men section and in the men for men section first pretending to be over 18. When men would respond, the undercover chatters would change the age, then pretending to be young girls 13, 14 and 15. Thousands of men have been arrested and had their lives destroyed by these entrapment schemes. You may know someone who got arrested and faced a similar situation. Had this been done ten years ago, many men would never have been convicted and would never have become registered sex offenders.

The new law makes the providers liable criminally and any of them with any sense will now back off and shut down the personals. This is a death knell for the providers that provide services to the prostitutes. What the legislators really need to do is legalize prostitution. The true way to stop human trafficking is to legalize it and control it. Who would take their chances with a drug infected street hooker, if they could lawfully go to a regulated an approved licensed house of prostitution? As a sex crime lawyer, I have handled approximately four dozen Internet Sex Sting cases and almost everyone one of them began on Craigslist, Backpage or

This is going to take a bite out of the police ICAC chatters prosecution rate. Where do the police now go? The police will now target the telephone applications and other dating applications. Law enforcement has already started running child pornography stings. Is the FBI-ICAC task force putting out links to child porn and then arresting people who respond out of curiosity? We are coming into an entire new era for the police. Their tool is being taken away. Casual Encounters is done! The government can totally shut down child pornography. All they have to do is pass a law requiring Internet servers and providers to block the known videos and images when they are transmitted. Times are changing for everyone.

Fourteen More Arrested in Sex Sting in Putnam County

Sex Sting Lawyer Peter D Aiken
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March 2018

“Operation Be Mine” in Putnam Co

No matter how many times you see the news flashes on television about the Internet sex stings, men continue to fall for the pitch and continue to get arrested for soliciting minors. Sex is a powerful instinctive force. The law however is the law. It is against the law to have sex with anyone under the age of 16, and if you are over 24, the minimum age is 17. Men still fall for the online undercover chatter pitch month after months. Here is the reality guys.

If there is an ad on the Internet using the word “taboo”, it is an undercover police officer.
If there is an ad where a purported relative wants someone to have sex with their daughter, niece or nephew, it is the police.
If there is an ad where some young girl is looking for an older guy to teach her about sex, it is the police

Here are some golden rules to live by. The best way to not get arrested is simple. Do not violate the law. Never travel to meet anyone under 21 just to be safe. Demand proof of age. Do not assume that if they are on Craigslist or any other site they are over 18. Demand proof of age, not just what they say, demand actual proof. Be careful about meeting anyone you talk to on the Internet. It could be a robbery, a shakedown or some type of extortion.
Here is another golden rule. Never send a penis pic to anyone, even an adult over the Internet. As a sex crime lawyer, time after time, I see guys arrested for transmitting a dick pic to an undercover detective claiming to be some young girl or guy. If you are gay, you are a target for police undercover sex stings. The cops pose as twinks over 18 and then do the bait and switch claiming to be 13 or 14. If you ever are chatting with anyone and they mention 13, 14 or 15, terminate the chat immediately and flag the posting. The police are also using the dating applications that automatically match up strangers. They then throw out the age at 13, 14, or 15. Do not get sucked in by curiosity.

Curiosity killed the cat and it will land you in jail.
Do not become a registered sex offender for life.
Do not end up on sex offender probation.

Remember the old TV drug ads that said “just say no”? If it is a minor, “JUST SAY NO”
The best way not to need a bondsman or to need me is to JUST SAY NO. The secret to not needing a lawyer like me is to simply not give in to temptation and resist the urge to chat with anyone underage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And oh, by the way, it is an absolute myth that cops have to tell you they are a cop if you ask them. That is not true. I don’t know why people believe that. They don’t call them “undercover cops” for nothing.
If you have been arrested for traveling to meet a minor or Internet solicitation, there may be valid defenses to the charge. It may be entrapment. The police may have violated the constitution.

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Why Are the Internet Sex Stings still up and Running?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer

The reason is because they are still working. Men are still being tempted, and continuing to be curious when the police run the “teaser” posts on Craigslist Casual Encounters and the other social media sites. Curiosity killed the cat and curiosity can get you arrested and land you in State prison. The latest teaser post used by law enforcement is a reverse psychology “warning” where the undercover chatters put up a post on Craigslist “warning” people that “the girl is not real” or that “the girl is underage, so don’t call it”. Incredibly some people will respond to this and contact the “minor” direct. It makes it difficult, but not impossible, to raise a defense when the post the person responds to is a warning saying “don’t do it”

The undercover ICAC chatters are also still constantly running the Sex Sting where they claim to be a relative, a mother, a father, an Uncle or an Aunt who has a teenager who needs “experience” or needs to be taught something sexual. This is always a police undercover trap. No parent or relative ever wants their child to be taught anything sexual by a stranger. Think about that. Teenagers nowadays don’t need to be taught anything about sex. There are no virgin girls out there that need anything from an older man. Simply responding out of curiosity can get you arrested, prosecuted and put away in prison. The best way to stay out of jail is to not commit a crime. Don’t even think about responding to this type of pitch. More importantly, don’t even for a second think about having sex with anyone under 18. That’s correct, I said 18, not 17. It is unlawful for a man over 24 to have sex with a seventeen year old.
They don’t call it jail bait for nothing. Here is the real shocker. Did you know that now almost thirty percent of teenage girls engage in “sexting” where they send inappropriate naked sexual pics to their boyfriends? Did you know that possessing such a pic or forwarding such a pic can get you convicted of child pornography? We live in a dangerous world where it is easy in a moment of weakness or curiosity to do something stupid. Think twice. If something sounds illegal or immoral, don’t do it. Feeling guilty about something is nothing more than conscience, about an hour too late.

As a sex crime lawyer I have seen men’s lives turned upside down from a single mistake in a moment of weakness

Time for another Green Shepherd Sex Sting

Sex Sting Lawyer Peter D Aiken
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Valentines day special.Talk to a cop and get arrested

Manatee County Sheriffs office has not run an Internet sex sting now in some time. Another sting is overdue. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never engage in any type of texting with anyone underage. Do not assume that if they have an ad on an adult site that they are an adult. Never send a penis pic to anyone, much less a person that even remotely hints they are underage. If you are chatting online, and the person all of a sudden changes age, and claims to be underage, terminate all conversation and flag the ad. Everyone has an obligation to keep real kids out of adult sites and if a person you are chatting with even suggests they are a minor stop all communication and report them

There is a scam being run on the adult sites. A person posing as a woman will engage you in chat. They will get you to send a penis pic. You will then get a text, or a call if they have your phone number, from a man posing as a police detective. He will confront you and tell you that you have sent an obscene pic to a minor. He will try and convince you that by sending money you can have your case resolved with some type of program or diversion. This is nothing but a money hustle. This is not a policeman.It is a scammer
In the last year, there is a new tactic being used by ICAC chatters. The police will post a warning on Craigslist saying dont call this number, she is only 13. The posting will hint that a mother, an uncle or other relative wants someone to teach the young girl. Sadly, sometimes out of pure curiosity a man will respond and be tricked into chatting or traveling to meet a minor. As a sex sting lawyer, I have seen hundreds of postings by law enforcement, many of which are pure entrapment. Do not be weak. Never, no never, chat with a minor. There is no such thing as innocent chat and it will ultimately lead to your arrest. Dont let curiosity get the best of you. Curiosity killed the cat and curiosity will land you in State prison.

Some people engage in fantasy chat or role playing online. This is what years ago the phone sex operators would get you to do paying for it minute by minute. Fantasy is OK. Talking dirty is ok.butNever with a minor. You can end up getting arrested for even fantasy chat or role play if the person you are chatting with is an undercover chatter and if they have claimed to be underage. Here are some important things to know so you dont accidently violate the law.

There are no young girls on the Internet that need someone to teach them about sex

There are no moms, dads, uncles or aunts that need someone to teach their kid about sex

There are no young guys that are curious that need an older guy to show them anything

On Craigslist Casual EncountersDont believe anything you see

They dont call it Jail Bait for nothing. Sex with a minor equals time in prison

The Grady Judd Polk Sex Sting Show


Today, May 23, 2017, Grady Judd was again on television telling the public how he was protecting their children from sex predators.

His office arrested 19 men charged with various sex crimes including traveling to meet a minor, solicitation of a minor, and attempted lewd and lascivious.

The Sheriff make it appear that “predators” are lurking on the Internet trying to seduce innocent kids.


Here is the real truth.


The undercover detectives are on the Internet posing as adults. After they make contact with a potential defendant, they claim to be underage. They pretend to be parents offering children for sex. They engage in conversations trying to convince men to participate.

The men are not in children’s chat rooms.

They are in adult sites. In some instances the police actually contact men who have ads posted in adult sites looking for consenting adults.

Classic bait and switch.

Grady Judd claims that the U. S. Air Force Special Investigations officers are involved. It is against Federal Law (The Posse Comitatus Act) for the military to be actively involved in purely State criminal law enforcement investigations.
It is a Federal felony.

The detectives use mobile phone applications that randomly hook up potential “Dates” based on location. After the random contact, the detective poses as someone underage. In most instances, the men are not looking for a minor. The sheriff makes a big deal over the fact they ”bring condoms”. What is left out is the fact that the undercover officers ask them to bring condoms.

The best way to not get arrested in Polk County is to not commit a crime.

Never communicate with a minor or an adult offering a minor.

If you see an ad like that, flag it and report it to the police. Never give in to temptation. There are no real teenage girls that need a “teacher” when it comes to sex. If someone even hints they are underage, terminate all contact. It does no good to say “are you a cop”. What do you expect them to say? Never, no never travel to meet a minor for anything, even out of curiosity. They don’t call it “jail bait” for nothing. Interacting with someone underage always ends badly, with an arrest and prison.

It is not worth it. Do not do it.

As a criminal defense lawyer I am amazed that month after month Grady Judd continues to make arrests. They manufacture crime in Polk County. They create crimes and create arrests, and there seems to be no end. Don’t even think about committing a sex crime in Polk or … will end up in the Pokey.


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Another Huge Internet Sex Sting in Jacksonville

Sex Sting Lawyer Peter D Aiken
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May 18 2017

The sheriff and other participating law enforcement officers announced the arrest of 21 men in the latest Jacksonville sex sting.

The men were as young as 21 and as old as 61.

The police claim that two of the men resisted and tried to get away.

They paid the price and their booking photos reflect it. Most of the men got charged with traveling to meet a minor or use of a computer to solicit a minor. Some got charged with unlawful use of a two way communication device.

The latest sting is called Operation Watchdog.

I could not help but notice that in the booking photos it looked like a couple of the suspects got roughed up a bit. For whatever reason, in a lot of the stings, the police slam them to the ground and twist their arms.

Sadly excessive force is something everyone seems to ignore.

They did another big media presentation with the usual suspects displayed on poster board. What the public does not realize, is that in many of the cases, it is the police that seek out people with ads on Internet dating sites. Although the person may have posted looking for an adult female, the police will respond and then pretend to be a minor. The truth is that on the Internet you can believe nothing. People lie all the time about their age, their gender and their looks. Just because someone says they are 13 or 14 does not mean it is true.

Just because they say they are a woman, does not mean it is true.

I have now defended sting cases all over Florida and in my experience, most of the time, it is the police doing the luring, seducing and enticing. In making an arrest, the police ignore the fact that they are lying about age or intentions but on the same hand claim that the person responding is telling the truth.


I had a case thrown out once where the Judge correctly concluded that it was nothing more than two people lying to each other.

There are defenses to these types of cases. There are technical and factual defenses and many defense lawyers simply lack real experience in sex stings and lack knowledge about the Internet. I have been handling stings going all the way back to the Chris Hansen TV show “To catch a predator”.

Do not abandon a relative or coworker.

Do not believe what you see on television in the media reports.

The stations are fed a bunch or distorted facts and often what you see on television is later turned out not to be true. Young men can have their lives ruined and end up being a registered sex offender for life, not to mention serving time in State prison.

These cases are tough and if charged, a person needs a tough lawyer that knows his stuff.

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March 30 2017

Operation Resilient in the Alachua County area

The latest sex sting in Gainesville netted 15 arrests.

It tied up 46 officers from seven agencies for a week.

The average sex sting costs about $80,000 in police time, money and resources, not to mention what is spent after that in Court appearances, depositions and trials. The police spokesman claimed that it was “vital for the community” to protect our children. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Sex stings actually create crime, not prevent it. Skillful police go on the Internet posing as adults and then do a classic bait and switch and claim to be a child, usually 13 or 14 years old. They lure and entice unsuspecting men and try and convince them to come and meet. They often send suggestive pictures of girls that look like adults.

Most of the men apprehended are not pedophiles but rather shy, introverted and often mentally challenged or intellectually disabled semi-adults.

I have defended over forty of these cases in Counties around Florida and in my opinion it is a colossal waste of manpower and money.

Think how many real crimes could have been prevented or how many actual violent criminals could have been apprehended by the 46 officers tied up in the sting.

Why does law enforcement run sex stings like this?

For the local Sheriff, an elected official, most of the time it is about getting publicity. After all, they can run again, claiming they have made the streets safe for kids. That is simply not true. For the other agencies it is a way to justify getting Federal funds. The departments have to justify Federal ICAC grants and funding. It is an easy way to create feel good statistics, and keep the money flowing. There are defenses to these types of cases. The man arrested may have been illegally entrapped. He may have been lied to and fallen for a bait and switch. He may be intellectually challenged. I am representing two Autistic men now in a similar sting. They appear to be functioning adults but in reality function at the level of a twelve year old. Do not abandon a relative arrested in a case like this. You cannot believe what you see on television. There is a world of difference between what the Sheriff says on the TV and what really happened.

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