The Sheriff in Polk has just announced another 16 arrests in the latest sex sting captioned Operation Cyber Guardian. These cases may be the last remnants from Craigslist Casual Encounters, the personal section now taken down by Craigslist. Many of the arrests over the last ten years are the result of undercover detectives posing as adults on Craigslist and then when people respond, changing the age to 14 or 15. It is going to become tougher and tougher for the police to entrap people as the sex hookup sites are taken down as a result of the new laws. The police are going to have to change tactics and switch to the cell phone applications that match purportedly consenting adults for sexual encounters
For some reason, in Polk County, the detectives are successful in drawing people from outside the County to come into the County to hook up with teenage girls. After hundreds of arrests, the men seem to fall for the same pitch over and over. Here is the reality. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want to have sex with older guys. It is always a cop. There are no 14 and 15 year old girls that want some older guy to teach them. It is always a cop. Here is another common thread. One fourth of the men asked the undercover chatters are you a cop. There is a misconception that the police have to answer that question truthfully. They do not. That is why they call them undercover cops. The undercover chatters usually respond back well, are you a cop and for some reason the guys buy it and continue to chat and travel. In most of the cases, the undercover chatter will ask the suspect to bring protection. That is so they can use it as evidence that the person was actually coming to have sex. In many of the cases, the undercover chatters will ask the suspect to bring candy or something to drink. Here is the bottom line. Never travel to meet a minor.for anythingmuch less sex. Never send a penis pic to anyone, whether they are an adult or a child. Never even hint to a child that you are interested in sex. Dont even think about it, much less talk about it. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.
As a sex crime lawyerI see hundreds of guys ruining their lives forever with sex crime convictions. Can youimagine your life as a registered sex offender? Can you imagine doing five years in prison for chatting or sending a pic?
Charges inOperation Cyber Guardian include:
USE COMPUTER SERV TO SEDUCE, SOLICIT ETC CHILD 847.0135.3
TRAVEL TO MEET AFTER USE COMPUT TO LURE CHILD 847.0135.4A
ATTEMPT LEWD OR LASC BATT:ENGAGE IN SEX ACT VICT 12-16 800.04.4A1
TRANS INFO HARMFUL TO MINOR (DEF IN STATE) 847.0138.2