April Fools no Joke in Polk County

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Grady Judd is at it again in 2016 with another sex sting in Polk County. Just when you think it is safe to go back on the Internet, Polk County deputies run their classic bait and switch sex sting. This time they call it “Operation April’s Fools”. Most were arrested for traveling to meet a minor, solicitation of a minor, transmission of information harmful to a minor and use of a communication device to commit a felony. Some of the men arrested had drugs on them including marijuana and pot. Grady’s detectives worked with other law enforcement agencies, including the FDLE. Most of the men arrested were young. They fell for the classic ploy where the police pretended to be a single dad wanting his daughter to learn about sex. The men came from all across Florida from Collier, Lake, Osceola, Orange, St. Johns, Seminole and Volusia County.
As a sex sting lawyer, it never ceases to amaze me how Judd’s deputies time after time trick men into sexual chatting, sexting and traveling. The cops in Polk have it down to a science. They know just what to put in the ad. They know just how to tempt young lonely introverted men into doing something that they would never ever do. Judd’s detectives are masters in convincing otherwise law abiding young men into doing something stupid. Sadly, for the men that fall for the sting, the arrest will cost them their jobs, land them in county jail awaiting trial, and if convicted destroy their lives. Grady always says he is protecting the people of his County. The sad truth is that most of the men arrested in the sting are not from Polk but rather young guys drawn there by the ultimate temptation, sex.
Sex is the ultimate bait for a young man. A lot of the guys were between 19 and 22. In my opinion, the sex stings, although fantastic publicity for an elected official do more harm than good. The police are creating crime, not detecting or preventing it. The crime originates in the mind of the undercover officer and he sells it to an unsuspecting young impressionable man. Most of the young men really were entrapped.
There are defense in some of the cases. Entrapment may be a valid defense depending on what is said in the chats. The police ask them to bring condoms and when they show up with condoms blame them for it. The police ask them to come and have sex and when they accept, claim that it is the defendant that did the solicitation. I have been involved in thirty six sex sting defenses all across Florida. Nine times out of ten, it is the police doing the soliciting. A conviction can result in a State prison sentence, sex offender registration, sex offender probation and a lifetime of misery.

 

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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.

 

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, THE NEW SEX STING 2015, “DELETE DOES NOT DELETE”

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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, THE NEW SEX STING 2015, “DELETE DOES NOT DELETE”
In the US task forces have been assigned to take down people downloading and sharing child porn in 2015. In Florida recent 2015 child pornography stings are the new sex stings. A child pornography investigation, indictment or arrest can destroy your life. There is however a world of difference between arrest for child pornography and convicted of child pornography. Hiring an experienced sex crime lawyer, a criminal lawyer that understands computers and the internet, may make the difference between winning and losing.
It is possible to view or download kiddie porn accidentally, often from a pop-up. Even more common is to accidentally acquire sexually explicit images of children as a result of peer-to-peer file sharing through the use of P2P software. Gnutella was the first decentralized network. Bearshare, Limewire and Frostwire are frontrunners in this file sharing known as “ultra peers”. Most recently sites such as Facebook, dating access site, and google sharing as well as emails and smart phones are monitored for hash values containing known child porn.
The FBI and sheriffs detectives regularly visit and monitor activity in these networks. If you receive child pornography, it can be traced to your IP address and a search warrant can be issued and served to you. Policing authorities monitoring internet security also hold you responsible for having an open public network which your internet provider may or may have not told you that you have.
When you hit “delete”, it does not delete an illegal child porn image. You may delete it from your search history or your directory but it still exists on your computer in “unallocated space” and can be recovered by law enforcement. You may find yourself arrested and facing a long prison sentence.
As a Sarasota child pornography lawyer, I have questioned forensic experts and detectives. Not all criminal lawyers understand how to defend cyber sex crimes. If you have been arrested for child pornography in Sarasota or Bradenton or have charges from Pinellas Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Orange, Seminole, Highlands, Brevard, Osceola or Pasco County, call my criminal defense firm at 941.366.3506 for a free consultation or visit my website at: Sex Sting Lawyer

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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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Should I Talk to the Police?

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Should I Talk to the Police?
There is no standard answer to this question. It all depends on your individual circumstances and the nature of the investigation. In internet sex sting and child pornography investigations, almost always, you should consult with a qualified criminal attorney first. This is particularly true if there is some type of allegation of improper conduct with a minor. For example, a girl under 16 cannot consent to sexual contact, no matter how mature she seems to be, even if her mother or father approve. If you are over 24 years old the young lady must be over 17. Many times the police try and trick you by saying you forced her to get you to respond that she consented. In those situations, if you are accused of any conduct with a minor, speak to an attorney before any questioning.
If you get a visit from the FBI, Homeland Security or any other Federal agency and they want to talk to you about being on the Internet, immediately contact and attorney. Never surrender your computer unless the police actually have a search warrant. Do not assume that you have erased your search or visit history. If you accidently get child pornography on your computer and think you have erased it, chances are you are wrong and it is still there. Google now tracks the hash values of almost every image sent or exchanged and sends a report to ICAC about suspected computer users who may have sent or received an illegal image.
If you are arrested, it never pays to try and talk your way out of an arrest. Once you are taken into custody, the police are not going to change their mind and release you. You will only be hurting your chances of winning by making statements. When you hear the words, “You have the right to an attorney” pay attention. They have to warn you for a reason. As a criminal sex sting, child pornography defense attorney, I can’t tell you how many times I get cases where the most damaging evidence is a post arrest admission during a post arrest statement. Admitting you possessed something, admitting something was in your car, admitting Internet contact or admitting identity can provide the missing piece for a criminal prosecution. Most criminal lawyers, including myself and my partners at Aiken, O’Halloran and Banyai, get calls every day asking for advice. Most criminal sex crime lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. Often hiring an attorney early in an investigation can make a difference in whether or not an arrest is ultimately made. I have handled sex crimes and Internet sex sting cases in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Polk, Hillsborough, Lake county, Brevard, Seminole, orange, Hernando, Pasco and Lee Counties. In the last month, I have answered Internet Sex Sting questions in Montana, Utah, Arizona California, Florida,Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Mississippi.  If you are under investigation, call today for a free consultation at our Sarasota office 941-366-3506 or Ft. Myers 239-334-8890. or click one of the links below for a direct phone mobile link.
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http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-08-06/news/os-sex-sting-child-online-arrests-rape-20140805_1_law-enforcers-arrests-highlight-deputies

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Undercover Child Porn Sex Sting in Polk County

 

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Undercover Child Porn Sex Sting in Polk County

Sheriff Grady Judd is expanding his sex sting operations to include child pornography with his latest program called “Operation Guardian Angel”.  Nine men were arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.  One man was arrested for simply not reporting it.  The Sheriff charged him with failing to report child abuse.  Child pornography is an illness and an addiction.  I have been defending sex crimes for over thirty years and it has been my observation that many of the people charged with possession or distribution of kiddie porn were victims themselves as children.  There is a misconception that men who view child pornography go on to abuse children.  The majority of them to not.  In this latest investigation in Polk County they also arrested men for actually engaging in sex with minors and causing images to be created. lately I have seen many arrests for Possession of Child Pornography in Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pasco, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Pinellas, and Lee counties. Authorities seem to be scanning the internet all counties of the State of Florida in select Cyber Sex Child Sting Operations looking for preditors.

The possession of child pornography is a crime that cuts across all economic boundaries.  I have defended doctors, lawyers and people who you would never suspect might be involved in viewing images of children engaged in sex.  Child pornography can be prosecuted in both the State and Federal Courts.  The Federal Courts take a particularly hard position based on tough Federal Statutes and the horrible Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  In State Court, the penalties can be enhanced based on the number of images.  The Internet has caused a proliferation of Child pornography.  There is another misconception that the desire to make money is behind the production and distribution of child porn.  Now, most of the child pornography is created by people who are actually engaging in relations with minors.  There are victims in these cases.  Children worldwide are being abused.  In some instances, the men who view this stuff are victims themselves having developed a desire to see it based upon something that happened to them as children.

Every case is different.  In some cases, the issue is not guilt or innocence.  The issue in many cases is “what is an appropriate sentence”.  An experienced child porn lawyer can make a difference.  There may be technical defenses regarding the search and seizure of the computer.  There may be issues with the search warrant.  In defending these cases I now work with an attorney that has a background in computer technology.  Understanding computers, the Internet and the child pornography industry is the key to winning.  As a former federal agent and former federal prosecutor I truly understand the heavy hand of the Federal Government.

These Child Pornography cases are not hopeless.  Child Porn allegations can be defended and in some instances won.  If you have questions or comments, call me at  941 366 3506 at my office in Sarasota or you can visit my website at thesexoffenderdefender.com . You can also confidentially email me at PeterDAiken@gmail.com

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