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The cops are at it again in Polk County running yet another Internet Sex Sting. This time they have arrested 9 men for Computer crimes. Detectives served search warrants during the sting, and eight were arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography, and one of the arrests was for lewd molestation and contributing to the delinquency of the minor. According to deputies, the men either had child pornography on their computers, received nude photos from underage girls via social media, or were found in possession of weapons or drugs. Most people do not know that the Sheriff in Polk County has received a Federal grant to run these operations. Most of the law enforcement agencies in Central and South Western Florida have signed an agreement with the Polk County Sheriff and jointly participate in the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It sounds good but the truth is that this task force is entrapping and arresting hundreds of young men that truly are not pedophiles. The cops sit in “chat houses” hour after hour engaging in Internet Chat, texts and phone calls with unsuspecting men. They bait them with ads on Craigslist Casual Encounters and other Internet dating sites usually with innocuous ads. After getting someone to respond they will casually mention their age, usually 13 or 14 and try and lure the person responding into traveling to meet them. The police are masters at luring and enticing men with suggestive chat and lingo.
The best way to not get arrested is to not engage in any Internet chat with anyone who even hints that they are a minor. If someone responds to an Internet ad and says they are a minor, report them. You can report them to Craigslist and they will be deleted. In reality, most of the people on Craigslist are police officers. As a Florida sex crime lawyer, I have been blogging on this for over two years. The best way to not need a lawyer is to not respond to anything that sounds suspicious. I can’t tell you how many times in defending sex charges I have seen someone say “you are not a cop are you”? Often the police will pose as a mother seeking someone to teach her daughter about sex. That has to be a law enforcement officer. No real mother would post such an ad but time after time, men respond to this.
The police are regularly trolling the gay dating and hookup sites pretending to be a teenage boy. Do not respond. Walk away and, never, no never, travel to meet a minor. Never, no never, send a picture of your penis to anyone. You can be arrested and prosecuted for sending a sexually explicit picture to a minor. As a Sarasota sex crime lawyer I have handled sex cases in Polk, Seminole, Brevard, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Charlotte Counties. The pattern is always the same. The police engage in bait and switch and try and talk people into doing something they would otherwise never do. If you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime in Polk County’s Internet sex sting netting computer crimes and want to talk to an experienced sex offense attorney, call today for a free consultation. Peter Aiken , Aiken, O’Halloran and Associtaes 941-366-3506