Is Another Sex Sting Coming?
Absolutely, the only question is when and where
For the police, running a sex sting in Florida is like shooting fish in a barrel. According to the data on Florida Sex Stings and consistant annual county data, Citrus County, St. Johns County, Volusia County, Orange County, Sarasota County, Lee County, Seminole County, Hillsborough County, Polk County, Osceola County, Lake County, Pasco County, and Walton County are primed ready for another underage child internet sex sting. It creates arrests, statistics and good publicity for the local Sheriff. It is a great way to make the public think you are protecting the County from Sex Predators. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. In the latest Internet sex stings the police changed their tactics and instead of posting ads on Craigslist as usual, the police concentrated on replying to profiles on Internet dating sites. They pose as adult women, reply to ads looking for relationships and engage men in tempting chat exchanges. Many times, in the first few lines they will say something like “I lied, I am really only 14 but I am mature for my age”. If you ever see anything that remotely hints that the person is underage, terminate all contact immediately. In some cases, law enforcement will lure, seduce and entice a person into traveling to meet a minor. Most of the time, the travel is in response to an invitation and not the idea of the man. The police will post a picture of a female that may or may not be over the age of 18. In Florida, if you are on a hookup page like Backpage and you respond to an ad for what looks like a massage or possibly a prostitute, chances are, you will be interacting with an undercover police officer.
The best way to avoid and arrest is to not commit a crime
There is an old saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you see and ad or get a response from what you think is a woman and she says she has a little sister that is interesting in learning about sex, that is a cop. If you see words like “family fun” or “taboo sex”, it is a cop. If you see and ad from someone purporting to be a single dad with a daughter, it is a cop. The simple truth is that if you are on the Internet looking for a date, chances are you will be contacted by a police officer and offered sex with a minor. Turn it down. Walk away. Do not be tempted. Thousands of men get arrested each year and many are the victims of police entrapment. As a sex sting lawyer I am handling cases in many central Florida counties and in all of them, it is the police that are doing the real seducing. You can expect to see a sting in Ft. Myers (Lee County) in the near future. Lee County was one of the first Counties to jump on the bandwagon and run stings as part of the Central Florida ICAC task force. The epicenter of sex stings is Polk County where eight of them have been run over the years. The Internet is not a safe place to look for dates or relationships. Everyone lies about their age, their sex and their true identity. A simple click of the mouse or giving in to curiosity can get you arrested and branded as sex predator forever. Think twice………
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