Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida

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Harsh 2015 Sentences in Internet Sex Sting Cases in Florida
Judges in both Federal and State Court handed out long prison sentences in two Internet sex sting cases this past week. In DeFuniak Springs a man was sentenced as a result of operation “Turkey Hunt” to 25 years in State prison. The man had fallen for the internet sex sting undercover ploy where undercover officers pose as a mother offering her twelve year old daughter for sex. The man traveled to a location to meet the mother with intent to have sex with a child. The defendant in that case was also discharged from the Air Force after 19 years of service. Other men were sentenced in cyber child sting operations to sentences of 38 months, and 36 months.
In Lake Mary Florida, in a Federal case, a man was sentenced to 12 years in Federal Prison by a United States District Judge after falling for a similar pitch where the undercover sex sting officer posed as a father offering sex with two of his children ages 12 and 8. In that case the kids were being offered for $350 dollars. In both of the cases, the age of the alleged victim played a major role in the sentence. Both Judges were swayed by the age portrayed as twelve years old.
Law enforcement in 2015 sex sting operations continues to use the lure of a parent or guardian to get unsuspecting men to travel to meet a minor for sex. The best way to avoid being arrested is to never for a second even think about having sex with a minor. Never engage in any emails, chats or texts that even remotely relate to sex with a minor. There are no moms or dads on the Internet that want someone to teach their daughters about sex. There are no older sisters that want to educate a younger sister about sex. All of these ads are undercover police officers trying to make cases.
I do recognize the right of free speech in America but the Internet sites need to step up and limit access to the adult dating sites. In order to post, there should be age verification. If the police spent more effort keeping real children off the Internet it would solve the problem. For some reason, men continue to fall for the temptation of these suggestive ads. I have yet to see a situation where a real parent is offering a child. I suspect it does not exist but no one knows for sure. One thing for sure however is the fact that no one should ever even think about traveling to engage in sex with anyone underage. If you see such an ad, report it to the police and flag it. Keeping kids off of adult sites would be a great first step. If you or a family member have been arrested in a child sex sting operation in Bradenton, Manatee, Sarasota, Seminole, Polk, Broward, Dade, Collier, Brevard, Osceola, Lee or Pinellas and are facing charges of attempted child abuse, traveling to meet a minor after use of and electronic device, lure seduce or enticing a minor for purposes of having sex or have entrapment questions or need answers to questions regarding a loved one and a recent internet sex sting arrest call me, Peter D Aiken, for a free consultation, call 941 366 3506

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.
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Sex Stings Expanding in Florida

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In a world where real crime like robbery, burglary, and fraud runs rampart, Grady Judd continues to expand the concept of set stings now targeting the Internet sites that promote prostitution. Prostitution has been around since the beginning of time. Men have been paying for sex going all the way back to the stone ages. In many societies it is accepted and tolerated. In Polk County however it is a heinous crime. The latest stings have targeted Backpage.com and the other sites promoting casual hookups, sometimes for money. The Internet Sex Stings have taken it a step further. When a man tries to hook up with an escort, the cops do the bait and switch and try and promote a hook up with a minor saying something like “you are really going to like her, she is only 15”. In a Manatee County case the undercover cop, after booking an hour with a fictitious escort, casually mentioned she was young but very experienced and hot. Do not fall for this bait and switch. If you are on the Internet and anyone suggests they are underage, walk away. Do not get sucked into meeting a minor under any circumstances.
Grady Judd claims now that this is targeting “human trafficking” when in fact, it is his agency that is creating the crime. The prostitution stings rope in the “Johns” as well as the call girls, escorts and hookers. There is a financial motive for the police to do these internet sex stings. They can forfeit the cars of the “johns”. The simple fact is that prostitution should be legal as it is in many other countries. There are both men and women that because of their jobs or careers simply cannot have a permanent relationship but still need sex. If they are in the military or in a field that is not conducive to marriage because of frequent travel they need to have the ability to satisfy their sexual needs. Rather than date and mislead a woman with promises they simplify the sexual relationship making it open and straight forward. Women have been offering sex since the Roman times, and before that. It goes back even before Biblical times. They really need to make prostitution legal and acceptable not waste precious law enforcement resources trying to stop something that has been going on since the beginning of time. Grady Judd sounds like a really frustrated man to me, venting his frustrations on the rest of the world, or at least Polk County. My guess is that someday Grady Judd will try and run for State wide office. That is really scary.
If you or a family member has been arrested, questioned or are under investigation for Internet related charges involving sex stings, charges involving a child, child human trafficing or child pornography call me, Peter D. Aiken, for a free consultation at 941-366-3506.
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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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Almost daily a City or County somewhere in the US hits National news with a SEX STING. We have seen recent arrests in Brown County, Wisconsin, Florida,Washington, Oregon, Texas, Alabama and Georgia with words” More sex sting arrests to Come”. SEX STING can mean Child Sex Sting, Internet Sex Sting, Cyber Child Sex Sting and others sex stings for money or prostitution. As a Sex Sting Attorney, after a sex sting article breaks I am always available to talk to the accused or family members about the SEX STING and related charges against them. It is some of the most difficult conversation that an accused or family member needing answers has to communicate. With any Sex Crime Charge, I am not here to judge you I am here to help you. No matter how the media reports on Sex Stings there is always an agency involved making big bucks. In recent news the term ICAC or Internet Crimes Against Children is usually mentioned, however many state or multistate agencies can be involved. Recent events have also included Federal indictments which I am all too familiar with and can be very difficult to understand for an attorney handling general law cases. These sex sting cases carry heavy penalties, long Sexual Predator Probation and life altering conditions for an accused and public internet residual even if acquitted. It is very important to have an attorney who specializes and handles these type of sex sting cases. It many cases a family attorney is hired who is very experienced in their practice but has little or no experience with internet sex sting crimes. It is not unusual in these situations to have more than one lawyer on a SEX STING CASE. I have several cases where I am the Sex Sting Lawyer working with a local family lawyer. If you or a loved one has been arrested in a SEX STING and have questions that need answers call me, Peter D. Aiken, for a free consultation at 941-366-3506 or Sean O’Halloran at 239-334-8890.
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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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