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.
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