Do the ICAC Standards and Procedures Define Entrapment?

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Do the ICAC Standards and Procedures Define Entrapment?
As a sex sting lawyer, I often question the ICAC Standards and Procedures that law enforcement claims they use in conducting Internet Sex Sting operations. What should be defined in the guidelines is exactly “what is acceptable law enforcement technique” as opposed to police “entrapment”. There is only one paragraph in the “Standards” dealing with this issue. It says that they are supposed to let the person they are chatting with set the tone and pace of the conversation when it comes to sex. In reality, most of the time the cops are steering the conversation and often inviting people to travel to the take down site. These Internet stings are not conducted on children’s Internet sex sites like myspace.com or facebook.com. These cyber child sex stings are not fishing expeditions where the cops throw their lines where they know there will be predators or men looking for children. Instead, law enforcement agencies are trolling with adult ads in adult sites enticing and inducing adults to respond and then trying to convince them to interact with fictional children. These cyber child sex stings are not fishing expeditions where the cops throw their lines where they know there will be predators or men looking for children. Instead, law enforcement agencies are trolling with adult ads in adult sites enticing and inducing adults to respond and then trying to convince them to interact with fictional children. The undercover cops will engage in chats for extended periods of time. Ultimately they will claim to be underage and try and convince an unsuspecting person to continue chatting and then lure them into compromising conversations. Never chat with a minor.
As a sex crime attorney, I always say that the best way not to get arrested is not to commit a crime. If you, a family member or a close friend have been accused of a sex crime involving Internet activities with a fictional cyber child you need to speak with an attorney that has experience in these types of cases. I have handled twenty of these types of sting cases and have quite a number pending. I am up to speed on the “Standards”. Most of the Courts treat them as merely guidelines and do not enforce them. You need more than just non compliance with a guideline. You need to establish real inducement in the law enforcement conduct. It is a good first step but not necessarily a winner to simply establish non compliance.
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