The latest Florida Internet Child Sex Sting started in July 2014 but is continuing into August2014. Although the official dog and pony media announcement has not been made, it is no secret the Northport police here in Sarasota County have been running a sex sting since Tuesday, August 29th. It is more of the same. The Northport cops in conjunction with the normal ICAC tag alongs must have needed some arrests by the end of the month. Have you ever noticed how at the end of the month all the radar cops are out making arrests to make their quota.
I hate to be critical but given all the bad publicity about wild sex parties by the Northport cops, they could have run their sting in house and cleaned up their own department. The charges are more of the same with arrests for traveling to meet a minor, attempted lewd conduct with a minor and Internet solicitation of a minor. They are on a number of adult social media sites including datehookup.com., meetme.com, badoo.com and the standby craigslist casual encounters.com. They are even targeting Hispanics in this sex sting.
The simple answer is do not commit a crime. Never chat with a minor particularly if they say they are 13 or 14 and say they are home alone “lol”. When you see lol, or a term like “prolly” stop chatting, walk away and tag the site. We all want to keep minors off the Internet. If the police spent what they spend on the average sting ($80,000) on educating children about the dangers of the Internet we as taxpayers would be getting a better bang for the buck. Prevention, not entrapment is the answer. They get fewer and fewer people in each sting. Most of the people arrested are young lonely men with raging hormones. Do not be stupid. Never chat with anyone that says they are a minor. Do not commit a crime and you will not get arrested. The undercover cops are really good at sucking a young unsuspecting man who has no predisposition to have sex with a minor into coming to a take down location.
I have been involved in defending about twenty people in sex stings in the last two years. I breaks my heart to see the police destroying lives and families with terrible entrapment situations. These cases can be defended if the attorney has a good understanding of exactly what the police are doing. Before you plead guilty and have your life destroyed by being a registered sex offender for life, talk to an experienced sex crime lawyer. Every case is different. Who was doing the luring and seducing?W Who brought up travel? Who said bring condoms? Who said will you bring me something to eat? Who is driving the conversation? Terminate all contact and flag the site. Keep kids off the Internet. If you see someone you think is a child, report it. Never, no never chat with a minor
If you are reading this it may be too late to not get arrested, If you or a loved one has pending charges in a Florida Cyber Child Internet Sex Sting Operation or have been charged with Internet Sex Sting Crimes call me, Peter D. Aiken, for a free consultation at 941 366 3506