Arrests showing up in Pinellas Sex Sting

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer


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There was, and probably still is, a sex sting running in Pinellas County. At least ten men have been arrested so far and charged with traveling to meet a minor or solicitation of a minor. Most of the men arrested are young, but in this sting many of them are black, instead of the typically all white defendants. This probably means the police targeted black hookup dating sites. It is very unusual to see a large number of black men arrested in these type of stings. The police in the past have targeted gays and military men but in this one, it seems they targeted Afro-Americans. The arrests will probably continue over the next several days. Often the police go back and arrest people who chatted but did not travel under the theory they instead solicited a minor with dirty texts or chat.
It will be interested to see the details of the arrests. Typically, there is a big press conference where the Sheriff, the FDLE and the police departments involved claim they are making the County safe from sexual predators. In my experience in handling dozens of these cases, the facts prove just the opposite. The police generally pose as an adult. I suspect in this case, the police made the initial contact with most of the defendants targeting adults who had profiles on the various dating sites like “Plenty of Fish” or the date hookup sites. It is not unusual to see the police establish contact with a “wink” and then claim to be 14 or 15 years old. As a sex crime lawyer, I think it is fundamentally unfair and a form of entrapment for the police to initiate contact with an adult looking for another adult and then try and lead them into a cyber conversation with a detective posing as a minor. A much better use of police resources would be for them to try and keep kids, real kids, off the Internet. Lecturing in middle schools would be a good start. Giving lectures at PTA meetings would be a better use of police resources.
My name is Peter D. Aiken, a criminal defense lawyer, and I blog all the time telling men not to interact with minors on the Internet. Sex with someone underage will most of the time get you arrested and is just not worth it. The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Don’t even think about hooking up with someone underage. If you are on a hookup site, demand absolute proof of age. To be safe, you should not even think about hooking up with anyone under 21. That gives you a few years just to be safe. Just because a person is arrested for a sex crime does not mean they are guilty.

If you have a family member arrested, do not abandon them. They need you now. If you have questions about a sex sting arrest or sex crime call a sex crime lawyer.

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Is there another Sex Sting running in Pinellas County?


Peter D Aiken
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It is hard to tell if there is another sex sting or an isolated arrest in January 2016. When the Sheriff runs a sex sting now, the information regarding the arrests is blocked from the public and the media. The Sheriff or the Chief of police after several days will make a big press release disclosing all of the arrests at one time. The sex stings seem to have fallen off in the last year (except for the ones run by Grady Judd) and St. Petersburg is long overdue. Usually in the past the bait was a suggestive ad in the adult section of Craigslist Casual Encounters. Lately, the police have targeted the escort sites and other social medial sites and the various hook up phone applications. Whey they run an escort ad, after they get a response or a call they will try and do the “switch” claiming that the prostitute is really a minor but “you will really like her”. They try and get men who are looking for an adult escort interested in an under aged fictitious person. They will lure the unsuspecting “John” to a takedown location and then arrest them for traveling to meet a minor or attempting to commit a lewd act with a minor.
The best way to not get arrested is to never fall for that temptation to hook up with a young girl. Never, no never travel to meet anyone underage, no matter how tempting they make it sound. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit any crime, particularly something like soliciting or enticing a minor. Face it guys, there are no real underage girls out there who want experience. Face it guys, there are no real underage girls out there who want experience. They can get all the experience they want from teenage boyfriends and if you get a text even suggesting a tryst with a minor, terminate all contact immediately. Do not even engage in any “fantasy’ talk. The police will arrest you for talking dirty with a minor. It is not a crime but that will not stop them from arresting you not even engage in any “fantasy’ talk. The police will arrest you for talking dirty with a minor. It is not a crime but that will not stop them from arresting you.
The best way to do that is prevention. Parents have the prime responsibility to keep their kids from being molested. The police should be giving lectures in middle school on the dangers of the Internet.  If a loved one has been arrested in one of these Internet sex stings, call an experienced sex crime attorney


Fifth District Court of Appeal upholds dismissal in Sex Sting case today

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crime Lawyer

There was some good news in Sex Sting cases today. In a Brevard case, the appeals court has upheld the lower Court ruling dismissing a case in involving an attempted sex sting. The higher court affirmed the lower court without a detailed opinion. In this case, one I actually handled at the lower court, the undercover cop posted a profile on Plenty 0 Fish posing as a nineteen year old woman. The defendant, also on Plenty O Fish posted pretending to be a 25 year old man. Both were lying. They chatted for a while and ultimately, after some sexually explicit general questions, the defendant terminated contact and “blocked” further communication. The undercover detective (Spadafora) frustrated that the defendant would not meet, or even ask for sex then went to the defendants house, pretending to be looking for a girl gone missing after the chats. The defendant apologized simply saying no one believed it was real.
The judge at the hearing on the motion to dismiss commented that this was nothing more than two adults lying to each other. The defendant never asked to meet or travel. The undercover detective had posted a picture of an adult with an adult profile. In this case, there was no actual travel to meet and there was no real solicitation for sex. The undercover detective had posted a picture of an adult with an adult profile. In this case, there was no actual travel to meet and there was no real solicitation for sex.
The State was of the opinion that talking dirty is a crime, even if there is no real solicitation. Thank goodness the Court disagreed. After the dismissal by the lower Court, Michael Gelety handled the appeal and the defendant finally prevailed. It took two years but in the long run, justice did prevail. As a sex sting lawyer, it is encouraging to see that finally some of the appeal Courts are getting a handle on what the police are really doing. Our thanks to Jason Hicks a spectacular Brevard criminal defense lawyer whose hard work and diligence set up the legal issues, and Michael Fayard a Sarasota lawyer whose research greatly contributed to our success. It was a great team effort start to finish. There has been a dramatic decrease in the number of sex stings in Florida. Now, instead of big operations with “take down” houses the police are working smaller individual cases. Many of the investigations now focus on child porn. Grady Judd is still however running stings, now targeting prostitution. My bet is that the world’s oldest profession will outlast Grady Judd. Prostitution has been here since the beginning of time and before. Female Chimpanzees are known to trade sex for food and favors. Maybe when Grady Judd runs out of people to arrest he can go after the monkeys.
If you want to talk about a sex sting arrest, call a sex crime lawyer