Another Prostitution Sting on North 41 in Sarasota

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crimes Attorney

July 4 2018

There was another token prostitution sting just north of downtown Sarasota this week and five men were arrested. In the stings, undercover police female officers pretend to be street walkers luring men to stop for a quickie. Who is doing the real “solicitation”? Most often it starts with a wink or a wave by the prostitute and the “john” and the undercover officer chat. Who really brings up sex? Who brings up money? Is the police conduct entrapement? Most of the time, it is out of town guys that get arrested. If they own the car they are driving, the police seize it. These token busts accomplish nothing.

Prostitution should be legal

I understand why business owners and residents do not want prostitutes walking up and down the street. The simple answer is to legalize prostitution. If there were legalized houses of prostitution where the girls were medically cleared, where it was safe and sanitary, were the girls were documented legal, it would put an end to illegal prostitution. It would put an end to human trafficking. After all, it is the world’s oldest profession. Over the years, as a criminal defense lawyer, I have represented many men whose lives have been affected by these senseless arrests. Is the police conduct entrapement?Often it is but most men cannot afford to spend the money on a lawyer to fight the case. With a wave, a wink or the nod of the head, these undercover female detectives can ruin a man’s life.

These arrests give the public a phony impression that prostitution will be stopped. It never will.

The way to reduce crime is to make fewer things a crime.

Cops Grinding up Gays on Grinder

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crimes Attorney and Sex Sting Lawyer

May 23 2018

Cops Grinding up Gays on Grinder

The new Federal Law imposing criminal liability on sites that allow and promote prostitution has had a big impact on the ICAC Internet Sex Stings.

The cops can no longer use Craigslist Casual Encounters or Backpage in their bait and switch sex stings. So what sites are they using?

In the last week many of the men arrested were on, a predominantly gay hookup site. The cops are running the basic same sting but instead of using the ploy of an underage female, they are pretending to be “twinks” (young gay men or teens) or pretending to be young men “curious” about their sexual identity. It has been a bonanza for law enforcement with arrests in both Lee and Sarasota County. Bottom line is stay off of Grinder. Do not under any circumstances ever communicate with anyone that even hints they are underage. Do not even chat, text or talk. If you don’t commit the crime, you don’t have to worry about doing time.

As a sex crime lawyer and sex sting lawyer I follow the law enforcement trends. You can expect more arrests of gay men, now that the undercover chatters can’t use Craigslist. The police are also going on the regular sites like and They are posting false profiles at first pretending to be of legal age. The simple answer is to go back to meeting and dating before the Internet. In person, what you see is what you get. On the Internet, everyone lies. The number one lie is gender. The number two lie is age and the number three lie is looks. Don’t fall for the ploy and get arrested. Demand proof of age, verifiable proof of age. Think twice before you get tempted. They don’t call it jail bait for nothing

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Is Law Enforcement running Child Porn Reverse Sex Stings?

Peter D Aiken
Sex Crimes Attorney

March 22 2018

For years I have suspected that local law enforcement agencies linked to the FBI have been running Child Porn sex stings. I am beginning to think it is true.

Are undercover chatters giving people links to child porn sites and then arresting them when they go there?

Are undercover detectives trolling the Internet and providing people with “Peer to Peer” linking to sites that contain or link to other people’s computers that have child porn, and then busting them?

Law enforcement has a library of “existing child porn” and each video has a fingerprint “hash value”. It would be so easy for law enforcement to simply stop child porn by prohibiting Internet service providers from transmitting known images. It could be stopped instantly. Instead, ICAC gets reports from the provider when the image is transmitted to an IP address. Why not just stop the transmission to begin with? Peer to Peer Internet kiddie porn could be stopped instantly by blocking the transmission of a known image. Instead, the providers lets it go through, then gives the address to law enforcement and they then go arrest the people who receive it.

Sometimes a person gets child porn by accident while looking at adult porn. They may click on an icon. They will get a prompt that tells them to look at the icon they have to click on a program to view it. When they do click, a peer to peer file sharing program is downloaded into their computer. Once that happens, law enforcement has instant access to the contents of your computer and can come into your computer without you knowing it. The “Peer to Peer” programs automatically default to “share” without your knowledge and instantly law enforcement can come into your computer.

Child Porn could be stopped instantly with legislation forcing the provider’s to tag and block known hash value videos and pictures. The answer is so simple. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Until then, never download a peer to peer sharing program. No one wants to accidently become a registered sex offender and go to prison. My advice, simply never use peer to peer programs for even a legitimate reason on your computer.

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Lewd Behavior / Indecent Exposure

Arrested for Indecent Exposure, Unlawful Acts or Lewd Behavior with a minor?

In recent years, police and law enforcement in Southwest Florida have stepped up their efforts in prosecuting crimes such as indecent exposure, lewd conduct and prostitution. They have gone so far as to pose as prostitutes to entrap innocent people. If you have been charged with such a crime, you must deal with the embarrassment and public humiliation of an arrest, in addition to any potential penalties you incur such as jail, fines or court costs.
Peter Aiken is here to defend you, not to judge you.

Contact us for a free consultation if you have been charged with:
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Defending People Charged With Lewd Behavior, Unlawful Acts and Indecent Exposure with Minors

Attorney Peter Aiken will examine every aspect of your case, looking for ways to obtain a dismissal of the charge or reduction to a lesser non-sex crime.

Did the behavior meet the definition of the crime in the statute? Did the police fail to follow proper procedures when making the arrest? Did they unlawfully entrap you? Were you lured or enticed by an undercover officer? Was there an unlawful search and seizure or a coerced confession? Was the evidence gathered properly?

The answers to these and other questions may hold the key to a successful defense. Successful defense requires thorough investigation, knowledge of the law and experience.

Obtaining a Dismissal or Reduced Charge

Peter Aiken has represented many people like you — people who made a momentary bad decision or who were entrapped by police. His job is to protect your rights and minimize the inconvenience, embarrassment and penalties you incur.

Fortunately, many misdemeanor sex charges can be reduced to a non-related sex charge such as disorderly conduct. If not dismissed entirely, Peter Aiken will represent you with skill, determination and sensitivity in negotiating, plea-bargaining or when necessary defending you before a jury.

He will be your strong advocate — defending your rights always and seeking the best possible outcome.

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Teenage girls and the “me too” syndrome

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
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Sean C. O’Halloran
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December 29 2017

Every day DCF and the police get calls and reports about or from teenage girls who claim they have been molested by a step dad, a neighbor or a grandfather. A teenage girl living with a new stepdad, often misses her biological father and is upset because her mom is with someone new. Simply falsely accusing the new “dad” of some type of molestation or sexual act, in her mind, will have dramatic consequences. We all know how teenage girls love drama. The false accusation makes them the immediate focus of everyone’s attention. They get taken to the DCF office for a child protection team interview. Everyone instantly believes they are a “victim” and from that moment on, they are called the victim. The police investigators assume the “victim” is telling the truth and set about to prove it is the truth. Often it simply is not the truth.

If a man is falsely accused of a sex crime, he is the true victim. A false accusation that leads to a false arrest for sexual battery, a lewd and lascivious act, or some similar sex crime has life changing consequences. A person’s good name and reputation is trashed forever. Their photograph is posted on Most often, a ridiculously high bond is set. The person is fired from their job, their friends and relatives abandon them. All of this can be based on what a teenage girl says, with no real proof. The police are supposed to be fair. The prosecutors are supposed to be fair. The judges are supposed to be fair. This however is real life, and life is not fair. If you have been falsely accused or find yourself under investigation you need to lawyer up ASAP. Never submit to an interview without talking to a really good sex crime lawyer. Initial consultations are free and it may be the most important conversation you have ever had with anybody. The cops are masters of interrogation and most times, the person being questioned does not even realize they are the subject of the investigation. Never surrender you phone, computer or password without talking to a lawyer. Never consent to a search without talking to a criminal attorney. The bottom line is clam up and lawyer up.

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Falsely accused of a sex crime

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That could never happen to me. Or so you think.

We live in dangerous times and the “Me Too” movement has made it even worse. All it takes is a false accusation to ruin your life and your reputation forever. It may be an accusation from decades ago, and if the alleged crime involved a minor, you could find yourself arrested and facing trial for what an adult now says happened to them decades ago. If you even get a hint you are under investigation for something that happened years ago, contact a qualified and experienced sex crime lawyer immediately. It has become increasingly popular for women to “come forward” with accusations about things they claim happened to them when they were a child or teenager. An adult woman can be in counseling or therapy for drug use or some psychological problem and talk about events from years past and the counselor is under and obligation to make a report.

Things have a way of spinning out of control and before you know it, a major criminal investigation can be underway.

When there is an accusation about an alleged prior child molestation or a child sex offense, the detectives almost always have the purported victim make a “controlled call” where a recording is secretly being made to try and elicit an admission. They will have the “victim” try and trick the person she has accused into making an admission. Most of the time, the accuser is a relative or close family friend who claims to have been sexually abused in the past. If you get a call out of the blue, from someone you knew in the past, and the call sounds suspicious, politely terminate the call and get in touch with a lawyer immediately. Grand dads and Step dads are particularly at risk for being falsely accused. Everyone always tends to believe the accuser but in my experience, half the time, there is no basis whatsoever for the accusation. Do not think that this will simply go away or think you can talk your way out of a problem. You have heard the term “lawyer up” on television. It really is in your best interest to do so. There is no shame in hiring a lawyer and it may be the best decision you ever make. The simple truth is that many sex allegations are simply fabricated by children and young adults who in some instances have convinced themselves that something happened.

As a sex crime attorney, I see this over and over. Do not be lulled into making something they will later claim is an admission. Shut up and lawyer up.


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Grady Judd’s Morality Police Creating Statistics with Sex Stings

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Yet another sting in Polk with hundreds of arrests for prostitution is a waste of police resources.

How many real crimes were committed while the Sheriff’s department was running the latest sting? Grady Judd is right when he says “sex sells”. It always has and always will. It is as old as human history. It will never be stopped. It is tolerated in most countries and in some of the States. In my opinion, legalized prostitution would reduce crime. If there was legalized prostitution, we would not have human trafficking. In my opinion, it would cut down on sex crimes like rape and child molestation. Sex is a basic human instinct and to suppress it only leads to other far worse situations. If a consenting woman and a consenting man want to have sex, (for money or not), should it be a crime? In the modern world, there are people who because of demanding careers, where they work long hours, simply do not have time for a real relationships. If a doctor, a pharmacist or a business man (or woman) does not have a relationship, does that mean they cannot fulfill the basic instinct for sex? Is it better for someone to lie about feelings just to get sex? I think not.

Sex for money is an honest straightforward relationship. The parties know what they want and don’t have to pretend to have feelings for each other. The Polk County Sheriff pretends that he is making the community safe. In the latest sting, one of his own deputies was arrested. Men and women are publicly disgraced with these bogus arrests all for the sake of creating arrest statistics and publicity. Did you ever notice that the only counties that have sex stings are where the law enforcement agency is run by an elected official? In Dade County, and in Miami, where the chief law enforcement official is a real professional, (public safety director), they don’t run these bogus stings. It is all about getting publicity and getting elected. I am surprised that Grady Judd has not tried to get a law passed to make masturbation illegal.

News flash Grady….human beings like to have sex! In Grady Judd’s world it is better to lie to a woman about your true intentions, better to take her to dinner or woo her with false promises, better to buy her flowers or promise her a trip. Prostitution is one of the world’s oldest true relationships. It may be a very short term one, but it is genuine with no false promises.


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Hurricane Irma Chaos for Registered Sex Offenders

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If you are a registered sex offender or are on sex offender probation you probably have had a tough week dealing with the hurricane.

The reporting requirements that come with being a registered sex offender make life tough enough without throwing in the problems that arise from a hurricane. If you lost electricity and had to move, you have to notify your probation officer immediately. Some of the probation office locations have been closed for a week. You have to document your change of address. Go to the Sheriff’s office and register a change of address immediately. Send a letter (written notification) to your probation officer. The United States mail is still running even if the offices are still closed. Document your efforts to comply.

If you have a new phone, a new email address, a new screen name, register it immediately.
If your address has changed, be sure and get the new address on your driver’s license.

I have found that there is zero tolerance by the probation officers when it comes to sex offenders so even if you have to jump through hoops to comply, get it done. As a sex crime lawyer, I anticipate there will be a lot of technical violations over the next two months. We have offices in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda and Sarasota and might be able to keep you from being violated.

A violation of probation has to be willful and substantial.

The hurricane was an unforeseeable event that may have caused you to lose your job, lose your home and have to move. You may not have the money for your electronic monitor or your cost of supervision. If you are hurting for money because of the storm write a letter to your probation officer explaining your financial hardship. Do not give them a reason to violate you. If you are on sex offender probation, I guarantee they are just looking for any excuse to put you in jail.

Don’t wait until you are violated and have been picked up to talk to a lawyer. If you need help dealing with a “problem” probation officer, give me a call. It is a lot easier to line up representation before your get picked up. Call today in Sarasota at 941 366 3506

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Should Prostitution be legalized?

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June 12, 2017

There were a series of arrests by the FDLE over the weekend in Operation Spa.

That was an investigation that resulted in six arrests of the proprietors of Asian “massage” businesses in Collier, Lee, and Sarasota County. The people arrested were charged with “racketeering” and money laundering and it was alleged they were part of a prostitution “ring”. Everyone assumes it involved “human trafficking”

Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. There is an assumption that the women involved are victims. That may or may not be true, depending on the circumstances of each individual case. What is true is that where there is “demand”, there will always be supply. Where there are men wanting to have sex and willing to pay for it, there will always be women willing to offer it. The “massage parlors” or “Asian spas” are a classic example. In my view, it should be legal. It is far better to have a “managed” facility than having “hookers” walking up and down State Road 41 where the men run the risk of robbery and disease. In most of the European and South American countries, prostitution is tolerated, if not actually legal. In Las Vegas and in other places in America, it is at a minimum “tolerated”. If prostitution was legalized and regulated, in anything, it would reduce “human trafficking”. Any time you make something that people want “illegal”, all you do is make the situation worse. Take“prohibition”for example. Making liquor illegal created the opportunity for the formation of the “organized crime” families. Making marijuana illegal created the “cartels”. If marijuana had not been criminalized, it would have been locally grown and locally smoked.

If a consenting woman and a consenting man agree to a consenting encounter, whether it is a “hand job”, oral sex or intercourse, why should that be illegal? The Asian Spas are a far better alternative to the street walkers. Men have been paying women for sex since the beginning of recorded history. The real way to reduce crime is to make fewer things a crime. As a sex crime criminal defense attorney, in my opinion, if anything, it would reduce child molestation and rape. Men and women are going to have sex. What is the difference between a man wining and dining a woman who then agrees to have sex with him and the man simply handing her the hundred dollars it cost for dinner. Simply paying for sex is an honest straight forward relationship that has nothing to do false promises or expectation by either party. In my opinion, society needs to be a little less hypocritical and legalize prostitution.


Five more men arrested in Sarasota prostitution sting

The Sex Offender Defender
Peter D Aiken
Experienced Sex Crime Defense
Sarasota 941-366-3506
Ft Myers 239-334-8890

June 4 2017

Here we go again. The Sarasota police continue to pose as hookers on the North trail trying to encourage and arrest men for “soliciting” prostitution. Why not bust the real prostitutes?

Did you know that there is a $5000 dollar civil fine for soliciting a prostitute?
Did you know that the police can seize and forfeit a car for a misdemeanor?

The undercover female detectives walk North trail seductively giving passing men the “eye”. When the men stop, conversations can turn to sex. Would the men stop if the undercover detectives were not there?

The real issue is “who is doing the seducing”. Who is really doing the “solicitation”?

The undercover detectives are generally “putting it out there”, tacitly making an offer, and when a man accepts, charging him with solicitation.
I live in that area. I see the real hookers each day on the way home from my office. The same girls work the same streets and corners. The answer is to legalize prostitution and regulate it.
How many real crimes were committed while the police were busy running this sting? Is this an effective use of police man power? Does this waste Court resources? Is it really necessary?
If a woman waives to you on the Trail, do not stop. Don’t even think about it? The temptation to give them a “poke” will land you in the “Pokey”. Did you know the word “Pokey” goes back to slang and means “welfare hotel” or the “poor house”. If you get nailed with a $5000 civil fine, it may land you in the “poor house”. Poking along on the trail will land you in the jail