Is the gay sex sting still running in Sarasota

Attorney Peter D Aiken
Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890
Experienced Sex Sting Defense Attorneys

May 26 2018

Is the gay sex sting still running in Sarasota


For the past week the sheriff here in Sarasota has been running an Internet Sex Sting targeting gay men. There have been 18 arrests that have mostly been not reported on the official records. When the stings are running and people are being arrested, the sheriff and the clerk of Court do not allow the information to get out. This makes it really tough for the guys that get arrested to contact relatives or bondsmen. You have a right to an attorney, but if you are sitting in the Sarasota jail, they dont make contacting an attorney very easy. That is why initially, most of the men have the public defender appointed. As the men are bonded out, those that can afford it seek private defense attorneys.

So far, only one out of eighteen men has been able to hire their own personal attorney.

The right to an attorney is an important constitutional right. For that right to mean anything at all, it is important for the attorney to know what he is doing and important the he be able to effectively represent his client. In that regard, experience is a big deal. Not all lawyers handle a lot of sex crime cases. Not all lawyers really understand how these sex stings are run by the police. I have done over 40 of the sex sting cases all over FloridaIt is critical for the lawyer to understand the law when it comes to entrapment. It is critical for the attorney to understand the State Attorneys policy when it comes to sex stings. It is critical for the attorney to understand the Internet, the computer programs and the methods the police use to lure unsuspecting men into compromising situations.

There are defenses to these types of cases

Sadly, many of the men arrested sometimes are mentally challenged. Sometimes it may rise to the level of legal incompetence (if they have autism) and sometimes it is a mitigating factor, depending on the degree of the intellectual disability. The lawyer absolutely has to understand the law and the procedure when it comes to raising legal issues with respect to incompetency.

It is critical that family and friends not abandon those charged in internet sex stings. You cannot believe what you see and hear on television when the press release is finally made. The Sheriff will always say that we are keeping the children of Sarasota safe. What they do not report is the fact that most of the time, they are creating a crime, not detecting or preventing one. There were 16 men arrested in Lee County (Ft. Myers) and once again, it was a gay sting. This has to be a bad week for the gay community with 34 men being arrested


Colorado Jumps on Sex Sting Bandwagon

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Colorado Jumps on Sex Sting Bandwagon
Law enforcement is Colorado Springs announced this month the culmination of a two month nationwide sex sting operation called “Operation Broken Heart II”. In Colorado, the sex sting operation resulted in 42 arrests for a variety of sex crime offenses. As usual, the announcement said it target child predators. This latest operation seemed to include an unusual number of child pornography cases. There seems to be a trend in the sex crime arrests slowly focusing more on kiddie porn creation, sharing and transmission. The State can legitimately argue that there is genuine harm to the victims, those children who are the victims of sexual battery during the creation of the photos or videos.
Florida Child Pornography Arrests
Here in Florida, I can say for sure that I have seen a trend towards more and more child pornography arrests.  This is particularly true when it comes to peer to peer file sharing programs. Law enforcement now has some really sophisticated techniques when it comes to identifying people who receive and share images of children engaged in sex. The courts have really ramped up the penalties and many judges are handing out long sentences. If a person is convicted, at sentencing, particularly here in Sarasota County, you can expect the State to file a “victim impact statement” from some of the people in the videos who have now been identified. Even if a person had nothing to do with making the video, and the photograph or video was made 10 years ago, the prosecutors here in Sarasota will argue for harsh punishment.
There are technical defenses to child pornography cases. The State still has to prove possession. A confession is still their best evidence, particularly when the computer is found in a jointly occupied home. For that reason, if you are contacted by law enforcement or if a search warrant is executed on your residence, it is important for you to exercise your right ot remain silent. Do not try and talk your way out of a bad situation, it will only make things worse. If you hear the words, “you have a right to an attorney”, exercise that right and terminate the interview. Tell the police, “I want to talk to a lawyer”. They are supposed to terminate the questioning. No matter what, make no further statements and seek immediate counsel with a sex crime lawyer. If you are under investigation or have been the subject of a search warrant, call 941 366 3506 and ask to speak to Attorney Peter D Aiken for a free consultation today.

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