Summertime and the Arrests Come Easy…In Volusia

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Peter D Aiken
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Experienced Sex Crime Attorney

August 9 2016

Here we go again. When crime slows down for the summer, the police simply create offenses. An Internet sex sting will do the trick.

The latest just announced in Daytona and Deltona is called Operation K.I.S.S., as in kiss your ass goodbye if the police have their way.

The Volusia Sheriff and other agencies are at it again claiming to protect the public from online predators. Nothing could be further from the truth. Again they are targeting weak vulnerable men who were looking not for children, but adults. What the police neglect to report is that in almost every instance, they engaged the men first pretending to be an adult. After getting them to chat they then claimed to be underage, about 14 years old. They would then with subtle hints try and get the men to talk about sex or worse yet, send pictures.
This happens every summer. It is a sure fire way to pump up arrest statistics and get publicity. The sad thing is that these sex stings ruin lives. They destroy families and try and label men sex predators for life. If you become a registered sex offender, you experience a lifelong punishment. Being on sex offender probation is a one way ticket to jail. Everyone’s goal is to get you to violate your probation and put you in Florida State prison for years. As a sex sting lawyer, I see all too often the damage they do with basically trumped up entrapment cases.
It is true that occasionally they arrest someone for traveling to meet a minor or solicitation of a minor that really was looking for a minor. Those cases are few and far between. Most of the time they arrest young introverted shy men who are simply weak when it comes to temptation.

Sex is the ultimate bait. A man thinking with the wrong head, particularly when the police send pictures and invitations to come over and have sex, can find himself, arrested, on television and in Court facing a decade in prison. These cases are not hopeless. As a sex sting lawyer, I have handled well over thirty Florida Internet sex sting cases in Seminole, Volusia, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The key issue is “who is the real seducer”? Most of the time it is cops, and they are good at it.

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August 2 2016


The details should be released later today in a press conference. From what I understand, the sting has been running for several days. In the latest operation, the police targeted and other applications. The police actually initiate contact with men looking at adult profiles. These men are not targeting children. The police are targeting them. What the police are doing is outrageous. They are ensnaring mostly weak young men, some of which have disabilities. As a parent of a young man with a disability, you need to warn them to stay off of or the other adult dating sites. These sites are really dangerous, especially for young men that are not worldly and susceptible to coercion and enticement.

The laws are being abused in the interest of making arrests and getting publicity for the Sheriff.
They are not catching the real predators but instead the low hanging fruit of shy introverted young males who were lonely and looking for adult companionship.
The public never hears the real truth about what law enforcement is doing.
The police go on television claiming they are protecting young children. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a sex crime lawyer I see the other side of the story. The court files have been kept secret for days now. Arrest records have been suppressed to keep the operation a secret. Even as a lawyer, I have been unable to access what is supposed to be a public record. At some point, the public needs to wake up and get involved. Noah Pransky, the reporter from Tampa was investigating these types of situations with good investigative reporting. My bet is the formal announcement will come out today or tomorrow. If a loved one is arrested, do not assume what you see on television is true. The police reports are one sided and biased. Do not abandon a loved one in their time of need.

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Lee County Jumps on Internet Sex Sting Bandwagon June 2014

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 Lee County Jumps on Internet Sex Sting Bandwagon

Just as I predicted on May 20, a week before the sting started, Lee County  joined the growing number of law enforcement agencies entrapping unsuspecting adults looking for other adults on Internet dating sites.  Sheriff Mike Scott makes it sound like the public is being protected from sex predators preying on children.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  When the facts come out it will be obvious that it was the police doing the luring, enticing and seducing in the latest Internet sex sting operation called “Operation Safe Summer”.  The truth is that the police actually contact adults on the Internet, first posing as adults themselves.  They then do the basic bait and switch saying “I lied, I am really only 15”.  These men were not looking for children.  They are not sex predators.  Most of them are shy men trying to hookup with another adult.  They get lured into chatting and texting with cops experienced in entrapping people into traveling to meet a minor.  I have now been involved in about twenty of these case in multiple Counties including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk , Sarasota and Lee County.  I actually began defending these type of Internet Stings back when Chris Hansen was doing his famous TV show “To Catch a Predator”.  One of his first shows was in Lee County in a house down the street from mine on McGregor Avenue.

As a sex sting lawyer and sex crime lawyer, I see a real pattern in the police conduct.  What they are doing is simply not right.  They are not catching real pedophiles.  They are creating crime.

In this case, 40 officers were involved and the sting cost about $80,000 in law enforcement resources.  Imagine how that money could have been spent actually keeping kids off the Internet.  In all of the cases I have handled I have yet to see a single one where a child has been on Craigslist or PlenntyOFish or any of the other hookup sites.  The public is being misled into believing that these stings really detect crime.  It is simply not true.  If a loved one has been arrested, do not assume they are guilty.  Call today for a free consultation. Do not be afraid to call and ask questions, the answers to these questions can make an overall difference in the outcome of your case.

My office is in downtown Ft. Myers on Cleveland Avenue and we will set up an appointment or go visit your loved one in jail.  Do not let him become a registered sex offender.

Call today at 239 334 8890 or visit thesexoffenderdefender or aikenandohalloran websites.

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