Child Pornography Investigations in Sarasota and Bradenton 2015

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Child Pornography Investigations in Sarasota and Bradenton
As the Internet sex sting prosecutions from 2014 work their way through the Courts in Bradenton and Sarasota, word is that law enforcement in Manatee and Sarasota is going to focus on investigating and prosecuting those who possess child pornography or transmit kiddie porn. My prediction is that you can expect the Sarasota Sheriff’s office to combine the sex sting concept with child porn prosecution. You can expect undercover officers on the Internet interacting with people in “social media” sites to mention or even solicit people to send them photos or pics of teenagers engaged in sexually explicit situations. In the past sex sting operations, it was common practice for the undercover “chatters” to ask for a pic and common practice for unsuspecting men to send the typical penis pic. This allowed the State to charge the additional offense of transmitting obscene material to a person they believed to be a child.
It is my prediction that instead of running the costly stings involving dozens of officer and the use of a “house” and arrest team, you will see more subtle investigations where undercover chatters enter chat rooms and other sites where people discuss or exchange child porn. They are also going to step up the analysis of “tips” from Google. Did you know that Google regularly sends reports to ICAC in Polk County about images that have been identified by hash values as child porn? The bottom line is that the best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. Even if you accidentally receive an illegal image, you could find yourself prosecuted. Stay away from the peer to peer sharing sites and never allow anyone access to your computer library. Never possess anything even remotely illegal. If you find yourself becoming “addicted” to viewing certain types of questionable porn seek help from a psychologist or psychiatrist that specializes in sex addiction. This stuff can creep up on you. Even viewing images or young teenage girls can get you arrested and prosecuted.
If you are contacted by any investigator that seeks access to your computer, talk to a criminal defense lawyer that handle child pornography cases immediately. Never voluntarily surrender your computer. Demand to see a search warrant and never, no never consent to an interview. If the police come to your house and you are not under arrest, they do not have to advise you of your rights. Do not make some stupid admission. Do not get talked into admitting you visited any site. Call a lawyer immediately. Not all lawyers handle these types of State and Federal cases. You need a defense attorney that knows how to defend child pornography cases. If contacted, call me, Peter D Aiken, for a free consultation. You cannot talk your way out of trouble and never allow yourself to be “interviewed” in the absence of an attorney.
Call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation……Know your rights

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Whether the undercover cops and ICAC task force pose as a fake girl or Fake child in an internet sex sting operation the consequences are all the same. An experienced sex sting lawyer will tell you that they can label the charges differently but the score sheet will usually read alike when they refer to child sex abuse in a sex sting operation in 2014. In most of these sex stings prosecutors are charging the adults in the adult sites looking for a date or companion after what looks to be a bait and switch with, TRAVELING TO MEET A PARENT TO SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, USE OF A COMPUTER TO SOLICIT A PARENT TO COMMIT SEX ACTS WITH A CHILD, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVOUS BATTERY (VICTIM 12 OR OLDER LESS THAN 16), TRANSMISSION OF MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS (SENDER AND RECIPIENT IN STATE), USE OF A COMPUTER TO SEDUCE SOLICIT ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, TRAVELING TO SEDUCE/SOLICIT/ENTICE A CHILD TO COMMIT A SEX ACT, ATTEMPTED LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY, use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Act, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Lewd & Lascivious Battery – Attempted, and Transmission of Materials Harmful to Minors. These are just some of the terms that are used when charges are filed.
In most cases there is a NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE COMPLAINT FOR JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE when personal property and vehicles can be seized. (A Civil Forfeiture).These must also be addressed.
Then there is the internet exposure of your name, that even if you can get the charges reduced or you have been found not guilty in a sex sting trial, the exposure can linger indefinitely.
It has been several weeks since the last Florida Sex sting. I would expect there soon to be an ICAC and State Law enforcement internet sex sting in Pasco, Seminole, Orange, Pinellas, Manatee, Lee, Charlotte, Broward, Brevard, Lake, Hillsborough, Sarasota or Polk counties as these seem to be the hot spots.
As an experienced sex sting attorney I can try to help you and your family with the entire child sex sting nightmare. As a sex crime Lawyer, NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU THINK IT IS, I AM NOT HERE TO JUDGE YOU, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU.
If you or a family member has been arrested or are under investigation for an Internet sex sting involving an under aged child, internet sex sting or child pornography internet sting, it is to your advantage not talk to the sex sting investigators, call me, Peter D. Aiken, today for a free consultation at 941-366-3506.


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How to Defend a Sex Sting Case

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How to Defend a Sex Sting Case
Not all criminal lawyers really understand how to defend Internet sex sting cases. Lawyers, just like doctors all have a basic degree and basic understanding of the law but that does not mean that they have experience in particular types of cases. All lawyers are not created equal and the level of experience can vary greatly. There is no substitute for actual hands on experience in defending sex sting cases. I have been defending these types of cases for over ten years ever since the famous “To catch a predator” TV show.
Every sex sting case is uniquely different. You may have a valid defense and not realize it. The real issue in most cases is “who is doing the luring, seducing and enticing”? Everyone thinks that entrapment is some magic bullet that will automatically get the case dropped. You may have and entrapment defense but setting it up and winning is quite another story..
Just because the police were posing initially as an adult is not an automatic win. Just because the police contacted you, entrapment is not a sure win. In defending these cases you have to really understand the ICAC standards and procedures as well as the methods the police use in running the stings. I have been involved in sting cases in Lee County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, Polk County, Hillsborough County and Pinellas County as well as other smaller counties in Florida and have defended quite a number of these types of criminal cases. There are a number of factors that come into play in defending the “Sting”
Here are a few of the factors that need to be taken into account:
Did the police post in an adult site? Did they certify they were and adult?
Did the police initiate contact? Was it a “pay” site?
Did the police immediately disclose age? Did the police reinitiate contact?
Did the police invite travel? Did the police tempt you?
Did the police bring up sex? Did the police tell you that you were “cute”
How many email exchanges occurred before they disclosed age?
Did the police ask you to bring condoms? Did the police ask you to send a pic?
When you were arrested, did they advise you of your rights?
Did the police seize your car? Do they have evidence of “predisposition”
Did you send penis pics? Did they send you a seductive picture of a minor?
To win a sex sting case many factors come into play.
I have a case coming up next week in Pinellas County where the police enlisted the help of a military air force investigator. That happens to be illegal and a violation of the “Posse Comitatus” law. If you have questions, call me, Peter D. Aiken, at my Sarasota office at 941 366 3506

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Why have so many Disney employees been arrested in Sex Stings?

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Why have so many Disney employees been arrested in Sex Stings?

Just this week CNN ran a special highlighting the fact that over thirty Disney employees have been arrested in Internet sex stings.  The impression given on national television is that the park is crawling with child sex predators.  I really wish CNN had focused a little more on the way Sheriff Grady Judd is running the stings.  Everyone has seen Grady Judd on television bragging that he is keeping his County safe from pedophiles.  The truth is that with the grant from ICAC he is justifying the millions received from the Department of Justice.  The task force comprised of various members of the Florida Sheriff’s Association has run numerous stings, many of which originate in Polk, Seminole and Lake County near the Disney park.  The sex stings in many instances involve conduct that is clearly entrapment.  They are not preventing crime in Polk, they are creating it.

I have been blogging on this for years.  It still amazes me how effective the undercover cops are in seducing and enticing unsuspecting me on the Internet.  The motive may be true but the way the police implement the stings is in some instances outrageous.  The police almost always post ads in adult sites or respond to ads posted in adult sites.  The undercover tactics have now been expanded to other smart phone applications.  After engaging someone on the Internet or on a smart phone the undercover officers move the discussion to sex.  They will then generally do what I call the basic “switch” and have the undercover chatter mention age saying something like “I lied, I am really 14, I hope you are not mad at me”.  I have seen chats where the undercover officers actually suggest sex and suggest travel.  This is clearly entrapment.

These cases are not totally hopeless. There have now been a number of Court decisions finding that the police conduct constitutes entrapment as a matter of law.  A few of the courts have actually dismissed cases before trial.

As a sex crime lawyer, I track the decisions across the State.  I have a number of cases working their way through the State and Federal system now and am optimistic about several more Courts making similar finding.  If you or a loved one have been arrested in an Internet sex sting or a Florida Child Pornography Internet Sting and need a sex sting lawyer, call me, Peter D. Aiken.  There is no charge for a consultation.   I will continue to blog and educate the public as to what is really happening.

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