It has been about two months since the Sex Sting in Sarasota and generally these things come in threes.
If you live in Ft. Myers (Lee County) and you are an adult looking to hook up with another consenting adult, under no circumstances be tempted by anyone pretending to be underage.
It is against the law to engage in sex with a minor.
It is against the law to send obscene pics (dick pics) to a minor.
The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.
The undercover police detectives often troll the Internet posing as adults. When men respond they will often then pretend to be an underage girl (or boy) saying something like “I am only 14, is that a problem”. Many men out of pure curiosity will continue to chat never intending to hook up. If you even chat with a minor, you put yourself at great risk. Many of the men arrested in the various sex stings never were not even remotely looking for a child. Most men end up getting entrapped by detectives who are good at convincing men to do something they never intended to do. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
There are no real 14 year old girls or boys out there on Craigslist Casual Encounters, Backpage.com or any of the other social media sites looking for someone to “teach” them anything.
As a sex sting lawyer, I have seen the chats is over fifty cases. In all of them the police start off pretending to be an adult. Never once have I seen them post as a minor. The police are also using the phone applications that match up people. You may get a “wink” from someone in response to one of your posts and then later learn that the person is supposed to be a minor.
Isn’t it a shame that the police are not trolling the Internet for terrorists, ISIS sympathizers or some other whacko that is a real danger to the public? Terrorist shoot back and it is much easier to create a crime than prevent one.
The best way not to need a sex crime lawyer is to not fall for police entrapment techniques.
Never chat with a minor.
Never text with a minor.
Never under any circumstances travel to meet a minor oruse the Internet to solicit a minor for sex.
If you have a bad feeling about something walk away. Over and over I meet clients who in the chats say something like “are you sure you are not a cop”. It is incredible how many people believe the police have to truthfully answer that question. Duh….Why do you think they call them undercover cops? If a relative or friend gets busted and arrested for an Internet sex crime and you want to talk to a defense lawyer who has handled over thirty of these cases feel free to call for a free confidential consultation at 941 366 3506 in Sarasota (available 24/7) or 239 334 8890 in Lee
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