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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 mentioned “Family 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
Does the Jury System Work in Sex Crime Trials?
Anytime a person goes to trial in a sex crime trial they face the reality that jurors generally come into the Courtroom with prejudices created my years of misinformation. This is true whether you are charged in an Internet Sex Sting or some other sex crime like sexual battery on a minor. As a sex crime lawyer I deal with this prejudice on a regular basis. In my last trial, out of the first 35 jurors questioned, over one third had to be dismissed for “cause”, their inability to sit fairly and impartially. If you are facing a criminal trial for any type of sex offense your lawyer need to be aware of just how tough it is to get a fair trial. When you get charged with a sex offense, everyone presumes you are guilty. Your employer, your relatives, your spouse and your friends generally walk away. What people need to understand is that false accusations are made all the time. I have seen cases where women, days weeks or months after a sexual encounter claim that it was nonconsensual. Being falsely accused of a sex crime is a terrible thing. Being found guilty is even worse. You face lifetime registration as a sex offender or worse yet a sex predator. You face doing time in prison where the possibility of jail rape is very real. When the going gets tough, the tough get going and you really need to exhaust every possibility before making a decision to plead guilty. Sex cases can be won and not all cases are hopeless. Thorough investigation, an understanding of the law and good trial skills can make a difference. The very sad truth is that in America, many times you get as much justice as you can afford. The Public Defender is appointed when you cannot afford a private criminal defense lawyer. Unfortunately, the public defenders carry an enormous case load and simply do not have the time and resources to tackle time intensive cases. If you or a loved one are charged with a sex crime you need to find a way to hire a really good sex crime lawyer. It can make a huge difference. If you have questions, call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506
Two More Sex Stings in Florida over Thanksgivings
Law Enforcement still at it running Sex Stings in Walton and Osceola County in the last week of November. The latest ploys involve cops posing as parents offering their kids for hookups on the Social Media sites and Chat rooms. The ads they post usually say something like “Single mom wants help with her attractive daughter” or “Open minded single dad wants daughter to learn”. If you see an ad like this or anything close, it is absolutely an undercover sex sting operation. Never respond to any advertisement or text or chat that suggests offering an underage person for sex. Do not get entrapped by this type of police conduct. The best way to avoid an arrest is to not commit a crime no matter how tempting the police make it appear.
The simple fact is, parents do not offer their children for sex and single moms do not need your help teaching their daughters about sex. The police in Polk and Osceola County and the officers involved in the ICAC operations run these sex stings over and over and the arrests still keep coming. They have an incentive. The various Counties get massive Federal funding and need to produce statistics and results to justify the money they get. They get to forfeit the cars they seize and find it much easier to create a crime by entrapping innocent people on the Internet.
Sex is Bait and these cops are masters at manipulating otherwise law abiding citizens into traveling to meet a minor. It is a crime to solicit a minor or a person posing as a parent of a minor so do not under any circumstances reply to any chat or text that even remotely suggests such a sexual encounter. As a Florida sex crime lawyer I have handled dozens of these cases in Counties throughout South and Central Florida. They are tough battles but not impossible to win. You start off with public opinion against you. Read the comments on the Media articles and you will see how terribly misplaced public opinion really is. If you or a loved one have been charged in a sex sting and want to discuss your options, call me at 941 366 3506 or for more information, visit my website at www.sexstinglawyer.com
If you have been arrested as a result of an Internet Sex Sting in Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough or Orange County and you are facing a trial date, you are facing one of the most difficult decisions of your life. In most cases, the State Attorney will make a plea offer. Those offers vary dramatically from County to County. In some areas, the State attorney will make a reasonable offer. In others, they take a hard line.
If you are charged with traveling to meet a minor, Internet solicitation of a minor or Internet solicitation of a parent of a minor, the Florida sentencing guidelines are harsh and you are facing at least 42 months in State prison. In many instances, if you have a good attorney, you may get an offer to allow you to plead to a lesser offense like attempted child abuse or some other non sex offense. These offers to lesser charges come with strings. The State may want you to agree to sex offender probation even if you are not required to become a sex offender.
You have to make a tough decisions setting certain priorities. If your number on priority is to stay out of State prison, you should seriously consider that offer. State prison for a young man is a dangerous place and jail rape is a real problem you might encounter. Doing time in the County jail sometimes is an alternative and the situation in terms of personal safety is much better there.
The big thing you need to consider is whether or not you get an offer to plea to a non sex offense. Many of the sex offenses make you a registered sex offender for at least twenty years and that means major problems in your life in terms of where you live, what you can do, how the world treats you and your entire future. In my opinion, the number one goal should be avoiding being designated a registered sex offender even if that means a short stint in the County jail. You need to think long term in sex sting cases.
As a sex sting lawyer I have handled dozens of these cases and can honestly tell you, no two cases are the same. The age of the defendant is a major factor the State considers in making an offer. The email and text exchanges are other factors to be considered. Whether or not the police engaged in entrapment is another factor that may influence the decision as to whether or not to go to trial. Most importantly is the history of the judge when it comes to sentencing. Some Courts impose harsher sentences if you go to trial and reward defendants who take the first step towards rehabilitation and enter a plea.
Talk to you lawyer. If you have a public defender, make an appointment and go in and discuss the details of your case. Many people regret their decision and have second thoughts later in life. You need to make an informed decision considering all the factors. If you have already made the tough decision and regret it, there may be alternatives.
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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
Is Entrapment a Defense in an Internet Sex Sting case?
As more and more people get arrested and charged with Internet Solicitation of a Minor and traveling to meet a minor, the Courts are presented with this question. The answer is that it all depends on the particular facts of the communications and the arrest. Some courageous judges, fed up with the outrageous police tactics have ruled that in some cases the police conduct actually constitutes “Entrapment” as a matter of law. In two cases in Manatee County cases from Operation Green Shepherd were dismissed by the judge. Also, juries are now being educated as to what the police are actually doing and in a recent case I tried in Sarasota County from Operation Intercept a jury acquitted a young man based on “entrapment”. To win an entrapment case, you have to know how to present it to a Court and most importantly, a jury. Not all criminal defense lawyers are experienced in raising an entrapment defense in an Internet sex sting case.
When you raise the defense of entrapment, you are basically admitting that you committed the offense but establishing that you were induced or persuaded to travel or chat by improper police conduct. The truth is that the police are not catching child predators as they claim in their press releases. The truth is that they are creating crime. The various task forces receive Federal money and are under pressure to make arrests. It is a lot easier for them to create a crime than to detect a crime. Entrapment is a defense to improper police conduct.
How do you prove Entrapment?
For starters, you have to prove that the crime originated in the minds of the police and not your client. Who posted the ad? In what category was it posted? Did the content of the ad contain lies and misstatements? Did the police have to certify they were over 18 to be on the site? Did the ad itself solicit sexual contact? Was the ad misleading? Did the police invite the travel? In the emails and texts, did the police seduce, solicit or suggest sex? Did the police suggest bringing condoms? Did the police send photographs? If the answer to any one of these questions is yes, you may have an entrapment defense. I have been raising entrapment as a defense as a criminal defense lawyer for thirty years. You have to know how to present this defense correctly to have any chance of winning. If you or a loved one has been arrested and you think you may have an entrapment defense, call for a free consultation or simply Google “Peter Aiken” and visit one of my websites or blogs dedicated to sex crime defense. You can call and speak with me at my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506
More Arrests Coming in Tampa Sex Sting
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement ran another Internet sex sting last week October 2013 in Tampa and more arrests are expected over the next few days. They claim they are arresting Internet child sex predators and publicly in their news releases claim that they are protecting children. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that they are creating internet crimes to boost statistics, make arrests and seize vehicles. In this latest sting they intend to arrest people who merely chatted or talked on the phone and did not even travel to meet anyone. There is no end to the length the cops will go to create a crime.
Who is really doing the solicitation and seducing
In reality, it is law enforcement that is in the business of seducing men into talking, chatting, sexting and traveling. The police are still thick on the social media websites like the sex hookup site “Craigslist Casual Encounters”. Most if not all of the people arrested were adults looking for adults. The police will engage someone in chat and then say “I am only 14, I hope that is ok”? If someone on the Internet ever says that, terminate all contact. The simple answer is to avoid trying to hookup on Craigslist Casual Encounters. If the girl even hints she is underage, hang up, walk away, shut up and have no contact whatsoever. If someone responds and says “I don’t have much experience” terminate all contact. The best way to avoid arrest is to not commit a crime. Never travel to meet anyone under 18. Never send a picture of your penis to anyone on the Internet, particularly if they claim to be underage
Is it a cop answering your Ad?
In the past, it was the police posting on Backpage and Craigslist. Now the police are answering adult ads, sucking people in and then doing their bait and switch pretending to be 15 year old girls. Men looking for a prostitute or escort on Backpage now have to worry about being tricked into meeting a minor. FDLE Supervising Agent Chuck McMullen was quoted in the press as saying they are “looking to arrest people who expressed interest in having sex with a child online but did not show up”. The FDLE will arrest you if you even talk or think about it. We now have “thought police” who will arrest you for even thinking about a minor. Keep your thoughts to yourself. Stay off the Internet. As a sex sting lawyer, I have handled dozens of these types of cases. Innocent young men are being tricked into becoming criminals by police determined to make phony arrests to inflate their statistics. Let me hear what you think about this latest sting? You can call for a free consultation or visit one of my three offices in Sarasota , Ft. Myers or Punta Gorda
Manatee cops on Craigslist again….Now Look at this ad on Craigslist Casual Encounters….
shhhh its a secret!!! – w4m (bradenton)
Am seeking a man at least 35 or older who would like to be fwb with a very young girl. I need a man who wants to try anything and has a very sick/twisted mind. I am ready to please my man but it must be kept a very tight secret between the two of us. Please email me if you want to know what I have to offer. You know who you are if your a little different than all the other guys. Interested in different things, that’s what I’m for. Email me please.
You are dreaming….Do not commit a crime….Do not text with a minor…do not email a minor. Do not even think about texting with a minor…Do not do it.
Do not be tempted by some entrapping ad….You are talking with a cop…
Stay off the dating hookup sites…Do it the old fashioned way….Ask a real woman out.
The Manatee police create criminal cases on the Internet. They do the basic bait and switch.
They get you texting and then when you are roped in say, “ I am only 14, is that a problem”
It is a huge problem…Do not even think about sex with minors.
The truth is that the police create crime on the Internet like in Operation Green Shepherd in Bradenton. Do not become a victim of police entrapment. It will ruin your life.
If you read this too late…..Call for a free consultation 941-366-3506
shhhh its a secret!!! – w4m (bradenton)
Am seeking a man at least 35 or older who would like to be fwb with a very young girl. I need a man who wants to try anything and has a very sick/twisted mind. I am ready to please my man but it must be kept a very tight secret between the two of us. Please email me if you want to know what I have to offer. You know who you are if you are a little different than all the other guys. Interested in different things, that’s what I’m for. Email me please.
Is this a cop trolling and trying to set up a sex sting or is it legit? Either way the best thing is to never go on Craigslist trying to hook up, even with an adult. Do not even think of hooking up with an underage person, male or female. The best way to not need a criminal defense attorney is to not commit a crime. Young girls don’t want to hook up with older men. Cops trying to entrap people make a living hooking up with stupid men.
As a criminal defense attorney I can tell you… do not even think of having sex with anyone under 18 years of age. Did you ever hear the term jail bait. The police, ICAC and the Central Florida Task Force out of Polk County run stings every month. Hundreds of men have fallen for this bait. They arrest you. The take and forfeit your car. They ruin your life.
There is a simple answer. Do not have sex with a minor
Do not even think about it. Never talk about it. No! No! No!
If you are reading this too late….Call for a free consultation.
I regularly handle sex sting cases in Florida. 941 366 3505
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