The Perils of Being a Stepdad

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The Perils of Being a Stepdad
We live in dangerous times when it comes to being falsely charged with a sex crime. As a sex crime lawyer I often come into contact with men falsely accused by a stepdaughter, a girlfriend’s daughter or relative seeking to break up a relationship. They become good providers, good surrogate fathers and often good stepfathers. All too often I have seen a man with good intentions, through no fault of his own, falsely accused of a sex crime by a devious young teenage girl with an out of control imagination. It is true that sometimes sex crimes occur. It is also true that often the accusations are simply false. Sadly, most of the time the special victim’s detectives blindly believe what the young woman is saying. It is a stacked deck when it comes to sex crime investigations and if you get any indication you are under investigation, you need to lawyer up ASAP. Do not try and talk your way out of the false accusation. What you say will be used and turned against you.
Being innocent is not enough. Sometimes, kids lie, not knowing how their lie or exaggeration can destroy a life. A simple arrest for a sex crime will in Sarasota County result in a high bond, often beyond reach of the average person. The child may be trying to break up the relationship. The child may be jealous and seeking her mother’s attention or may be trying to get her mom back with her biological dad. The number one reason for a false accusation is to get “attention”. When they make up a story about a “touching”, they immediately become the focus of everyone’s attention. The police treat them with kid gloves. The send they to an interview with the child protection team. The stepdad is thrown out of the house. Their mother immediately believes them and turns her rage on her partner of many years. The prosecutors here in Sarasota are mostly women and always believe the child, not matter what the evidence shows. The young girls are brought in to meetings with the prosecutors. They become the focus of everyone’s attention. It takes a highly skilled sex crime lawyer It takes a highly skilled sex crime lawyer . You have heard the saying “the truth will set you free”. The problem is that often the truth is buried and justice does not prevail. Winning becomes a priority and the truth often does not come out.
Good top quality legal representation is a must. Experience is sex crime cases is huge factor when it comes to getting to the truth. I have been defending against false accusations for over thirty years. Good investigation, good cross examination and good presentation can produce good results. If you or a loved one have been arrested in Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota or Manatee County, call an experienced criminal defense attorney

Sex Sting Prosecution in Federal Court in Tampa

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An Air Force Sergeant was the latest man to be arrested and prosecuted in Federal Court in Tampa just days ago. The Air Force office of Special Investigations is still running stings on the Internet on Craigslist.com and other social medial adult dating sites. All of the details of this latest sting are not available yet, but the prosecution has been filed in Federal Court to take advantage of the harsh Federal Sentencing Guidelines. As a former Federal prosecutor and a former Federal agent, I understand why sometimes cases are filed there instead of the local State Courts. In this instance, the case originated with a military investigation. The military also has the option of proceeding in military court where the defendant’s fate is decided by a panel of officers as opposed to regular citizens. Federal Court is the big league and the penalties there are harsh and oppressive.

In my opinion, the military should deal with military issues and stay out of the sex sting business. I guess it is just too tempting for some of the investigators. Doesn’t the military have enough to do dealing with actual rapes and sex crimes committed by military men or fellow military members? Sex Sting Cases are just too easy to create. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. It is an easy way to run up statistics. I have represented a number of military men in State Court prosecutions in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. I have represented a number of military men in State Court prosecutions in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Those cases were all filed in State Court. In Clearwater, I handled a case where an Air Force Special Investigator by the name of Glidewell was involved in a purely State investigation and prosecution. That is a direct violation of a Federal Law, the Posse Comitatus Act, a law that specifically prohibits the military from enforcing State laws.

That is probably why now they are bringing Federal prosecutions instead of State cases.

Not all lawyers are admitted to practice in Federal Court and not all lawyers are familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure or the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Few are familiar with the military proceedings and not all criminal lawyers have experience defending sex sting or sex crime cases. A successful defense of an Internet Sex Crime takes real know how and experience. These types of cases can be won given the right set of facts, a knowledge of the law, and good hard work. Winning is not an accident. The Internet is a dangerous place. My advice is to stay away from the Internet dating sites and if anyone ever even remotely hints they are a minor, or suggests hooking up with a minor, terminate all communication. Never, no never, travel to meet a minor for anything, much less sex. Imagine being a registered sex offender for life. It just is not worth it. If you or someone you know has been questioned or arrested in a Federal Sex Sting take down in Seminole, Brevard, Orange, Lake, Broward, Monroe, Miami Dade, Polk, Highlands, Citrus, Pasco, Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Lee, Charlotte, Desoto or Hillsborough county call us on or before the arrest. We have the experience that you need.

 

Is There Another Sex Sting In the Works for Manatee County?

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Is There Another Sex Sting In the Works for Manatee County?
Many people feel that the police are entrapping law abiding citizens with some of the tactics they use in the Internet sex crime investigations. One of the police tactics under scrutiny involves posting ads as adults on like Craigslist, Backpage, Adam4Adam, kik, facebook and other dating and social media sites.
There are ads running right now, on March 2015, that are either being posted by the police or by real people seeking a sexual encounter with children. Either way, it should stop. The police should not pretend to be adults and then try and convince people to travel, seduce or meet children with the intent of having sex, create situations that would have harmful materials transmitted to a child or abuse a child without great harm … Internet transmission of harmful pictures without physical contact. One of the most recent ploys involves ads that use unusual tag lines hinting at sex like “Family Fun Time”. When you see an ad that talks about “a unique situation that is not for everyone” or “a Dad + 3 hit me up”, you should not respond even out of curiosity. If it is a real person, the ad should be flagged for removal. If it is the police, you could get in trouble for simply responding and asking questions.
If the police really wanted to stop the Internet Predators, the real ones, they need to take on the giants like Craigslist that routinely permit this type of stuff to happen. There is nothing wrong with adults hooking up with other adults on the Internet. It is wrong for adults to hook up with kids that are under 18. I do not believe there are any real children advertising on the Internet asking for sex. I do not believe there are any parents advertising for sex with their children. In my experience as a sex crime lawyer, every single ad that is posted like that in internet sex stings is done by a law enforcement agency like the FDLE, the Sheriff or some Police Department.
Another ploy being used by police involves “two sisters” or “two brothers”, one of which they will later tell you is underage. If you see anything that remotely hints at any type of incest relationship, do not respond. The best way to avoid being arrested is to not commit a crime. If you inquire, even out of curiosity, they may talk you into a compromising situation. Never travel to meet anyone who could even possibly be a minor. Lately, in Pinellas County, the police did not even mention age until the people were already in route.
The police are also responding to ads posted by adults. They target military men and then try and switch the conversation suggesting travel to meet a minor. They also try and file charges for “solicitation of a minor”. The truth is the police are the real sex predators preying on adults seeking adults. Do not get arrested for a crime you had no predisposition to commit.
My advice….Stay off Craigslist. Let me hear your opinion on this subject. You can visit my sex defense site at sexstinglawyer.com
I am not here to judge you. I am here to defend you.
For over thirty years I have been defending criminal cases of all types. Defending a gay defendant presents challenges that many criminal defense attorneys have not encountered. This is particularly true when the accusation involves a sex crime. It may be something as simple as a lewd and lascivious misdemeanor charge at a local park or beach or something more serious like child pornography or a Federal offense like child pornography. In my experience I have found that many of the cops are homophobic. The cops work the parks and gay hookup sites trying to entice gay defendants and in some instance actually soliciting sexual encounters. Entrapment is a defense to this type of police conduct.
The Internet Sex Stings also target men on Craigslist Casual Encounters and Adam4adam and other gay social media sites. The police undercover ads are terribly suggestive and outright entrapment. When a gay person responds, the cops know exactly what to say to make a meeting seem appealing and the police are actually trained in seducing and enticing a gay defendant. I have been defending Internet sex stings all over Florida for many years. I know how prejudiced the prosecutors, judges and jurors really are. Overcoming that prejudice is the first hurdle you have to overcome in defending a gay defendant.
Overcoming the embarrassment of the  sex sting arrest is the first problem. Friends and family sometime just don’t understand. At our criminal defense firm, we do. I am a former Federal prosecutor and my partner Sean O’Halloran is a former state prosecutor. We have both prosecuted and defended sex crimes for years. We understand the challenges in sex cases. Not all criminal defense lawyers really understand how to defend sex sting cases. I encourage you to visit our website devoted to the defense of sex crimes. Go to sarasotadefender.com to review our qualifications and compare them with other lawyers. If you have a sex arrest in Bradenton or Lee, Charlotte, Manatee, Volusia, Hillsborough, Polk or Sarasota County or any of the nearby areas, call Peter Aiken today for a free consultation 941-366-3506.

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VOLUSIA CHILD SEX STING MARCH 16,2015

Now media labels them: FAKE GIRL SEX STING FAKE CHILD SEX STING …ARE THEY?

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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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