Another Sex Sting In Citrus County
They just keep coming. The latest Internet sex sting in Citrus County only resulted in 10 arrests in mid May 2014. Could it be that the public is finally becoming aware of the outrageous entrapment techniques employed by law enforcement in tricking men into traveling to meet minors. The men in this most recent case traveled from Marion, Lake, Hernando, Clay, Pinellas and Orange County. The sting ran from May 6th to May 11th 3014 and targeted social media sites frequented by adults, not children. I have yet to see a legitimate case where kids were ever on these strictly adult sites. The cops have resorted to targeting not just Craigslist but many other normal social media dating sites where you would not expect to find kids.
These stings cost on average about $80,000 to run. This means that the County spent about $8000 for each person arrested when law enforcement was actually creating a crime. As a sex sting lawyer, I have seen a real drop in the number of people being arrested. When they started running these sex stings real heavy about four years ago, they would generally arrest twenty five people on average. In the last two Florida stings the arrests were dramatically down. You can expect the police to step up their enticement techniques to try and tempt more on more people to bite and chat with what they think may be an under aged person.
The best way to not get arrested is to never reply to any suggestion that the person on the other end is under 18. Demand proof of age before communicating further. The cops often initially lie about age in their ads and even in their replies. Don’t ever fall for that old “home alone” teaser or the typical “parents are away” crap. There are no real young girls on the Internet looking to have sex. It is always a policeman, never a real minor. Sex with a minor is illegal. Never chat with a minor. Never, no never, send a picture to a minor. As a sex crime lawyer, over and over I see men being enticed and seduced by clever female cops. Do not give into temptation. Let me hear your views on this. You can visit my site dealing with various sex offenses or call me at 941 366 3506
facing multiple violations of the state’s Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act, ranging from traveling to meet a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a child to transmitting material harmful to minors by electronic device or equipment: