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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