Is Ft. Myers in line for the next Internet Sex Sting?

There seems to be no end to the Internet Sex stings.  Now the Various Counties appear to be cooperating with each other trying to lure unsuspecting men from places like Ft. Myers and the Cape to travel the nearby County of Sarasota.  Although the police claim they are protecting the public and catching predators, nothing could be further from the truth.  Interestingly, the police have changed tactics and no longer are using the sites like Craigslist.  Now they are using Internet dating sites like Meetme.com and Grinder.com

Many of the dating sites now match people randomly through GPS applications.  For example, if a person posts a profile as a 22 year old man looking for an 18-22 year old female, and the people come in close geographic proximity,

 the application will randomly match and alert each of them.  The police take advantage of this random dating application and then when the application matches them with someone, they do the bait and switch, then saying something like “Don’t be mad, I am really 14 years old”.  They will then try and lure the guy into chatting by text, and try a lure, seduce and entice him into traveling to participate in some kind of sexual “hookup”

Never respond or chat with anyone that says they are a minor.  This is pure “jail bait” and in many instances absolute entrapment.  The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime.  Never chat with a minor or anyone underage about anything.  The police have been targeting the gay sites like Grinder baiting men with seductive pics of teenage boys.  I have represented over forty men charged in these Sex Stings and the truth is that the police target the low hanging fruit and go after young, introverted, shy and sometimes “challenged” men who may not appreciate the seriousness of even “Chatting” or “Sexting” with a minor.

Surprisingly, many men in their thirties, forties and fifties fall victim to the Internet Sex Sting operations.  Most who fall for this, are simply lonely and seeking affirmation.  They fall for the pitch that some young woman might be interested in them.  Many travel out of pure curiosity.  So many times in these cases I see a chat where the guy says something like “you are not a cop are you?”  The undercover chatters can in fact legally lie.  A police undercover operative is under no obligation to tell you if he or she is a cop.  That is a pure myth.

The Internet is a dangerous place and the dating sites are trolled by undercover detectives seeking to set unsuspecting men up or convince them to hookup with fictitious underage girls.

The Sex Stings seem to target the Holidays taking advantage of lonely men.  Don’t take a sleigh ride to jail.  Never, no never chat with anyone underage.  No forty year old man should ever find himself being tempted by anyone pretending to be 14 or 15.  There are no real girls out there that are even remotely interested in an older guy.  Don’t fool yourself.  If you hear “ I am a Virgin, don’t even think twice.  Terminate all contact immediately.  If the undercover chatter reinitiates contact….Block them…Do not get talked into doing something you would never think of doing.

Meetme.com es el último sitio de conexión de ICAC Internet Sex Sting

Peter D Aiken
Experienced
Sex Crimes Attorney
941-366-3506

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Desde que los federales cerraron Craigslist Casual Encounters y Backpage.com, los detectives encubiertos de ICAC han estado luchando para crear arrestos. En los últimos años, las fuerzas de trabajo de ICAC usaron Craigslist como la única forma de atrapar a los hombres inocentes con su cebo y cambiar a Internet Sex Stings. Esto ha reducido dramáticamente el número de arrestos en todo el país y particularmente en Florida. No han corrido una de las picaduras normales aquí en Sarasota en bastante tiempo. Los números de arresto han bajado y se puede esperar que la policía invente una nueva forma de atraer a hombres sin sospechar a situaciones comprometedoras.

Los otros sitios de redes sociales ahora están siendo atacados. El sitio número uno que están usando es Meetme.com. ¿Alguna vez leyó las “Reglas de uso” para Meetme.com? Se supone que debes ser mayor de 18 años para estar en este sitio. Los detectives encubiertos ahora están publicando perfiles que infringen directamente las reglas de uso. Publican fotografías de edad avanzada de mujeres jóvenes atractivas, a veces con poca ropa y frases sugerentes. Cuando un hombre responde, ellos hacen el “cambio” y dicen algo como “Sólo tengo 15 años”. Si alguien en Meetme.com dice que tiene menos de 18 años, puedes apostar, es un policía encubierto. La mejor manera de no ser arrestado es no cometer un delito. Nunca hables con alguien que diga que son menores de edad. Nunca, nunca, envíe una fotografía sexualmente explícita a menores de 18 años.

Como abogado de delitos sexuales, he manejado más de 40 casos de estas redadas en toda la Florida. Se supone que la policía está apuntando a hombres que atacan a niños. Lamentablemente, es la aplicación de la ley que se dirige a los hombres inocentes y solitarios. Los policías son los que atraen y seducen. Aquí en Sarasota y el condado de Manatee, las estadísticas están muy bajas y les recuerdo a todos, nunca conversen con nadie a menos que estén seguros de que son adultos. No se deje hablar en un chat con un menor de edad. ¡No lo hagas!

La policía también está atacando los sitios de escolta restantes, particularmente en el condado de Polk y en el área de Orlando y Daytona. Normalmente, solo es un delito menor tratar de conectar con una prostituta. Sin embargo, si la prostituta encubierta afirma que ella tiene 14, 15 o 16 años de edad, termine todos los contactos. No lo llaman “cebo de la cárcel” por nada. Si tienes preguntas acerca de las tácticas de picadura sexual o desea hablar o agregar información de una experiencia personal, no dudes en llamar al
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Cops Grinding up Gays on Grinder

Peter D Aiken
Experienced
Sex Crimes Attorney and Sex Sting Lawyer
941-366-3506

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 Grinder.com, 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 Meetme.com and Skout.com. 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
Experienced
Sex Crimes Attorney
941-366-3506

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.

If a loved one has been arrested for child pornography and you want to talk, give me a call

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Teenage girls and the “me too” syndrome

Aiken and 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 Mugshots.com. 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.

Initial consultations are free and confidential…. Give us a call before you talk to the cops

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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.

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Should I use the Public Defender in a Sex Case?

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

APRIL 8 2017

If you or a relative have been charged with a sex crime, you are facing the battle of your life.

Here in Sarasota and in Bradenton, a child pornography charge can result in a life sentence.

The scorched earth policy of the State Attorney’s office is to file forty second degree felonies on anyone charged with kiddie porn. That runs the guideline sentence to twenty to thirty years. If you are charged with a contact crime, like a lewd and lascivious act on a minor, even a teenager, you face many times up to fifteen years in State prison. If you are charged with date rape, even in a situation where it was consensual, you face a long DOC sentence. Sex Crime cases are absolutely the toughest cases to defend and take to trial. Jurors start off prejudiced against you and most of the judges are former sex crime prosecutors. It is a long uphill battle and one you need to go into with an experienced sex crime lawyer.

It is one thing to use the Public Defender for a DUI or simple drug possession charge.

It is quite another to put your life in the hands of a court appointed lawyer when the stakes are life in prison. There is an old saying that you get what you pay for. Many public defenders are dedicated professionals who do their absolute best for every client. The problem is that most public defenders are overworked and underpaid. They on average carry hundreds of cases at a time where private lawyers my handle only a dozen or so at a time. In a sex crime case, investigation is the key. The police generally start off believing the accuser and set about to prove that what the “victim” says is true. They ignore and sometimes cover up inconsistencies in a victim’s statement.

Many of the sex crime police investigators are women and most of the sex crime prosecutors are women and in my experience are biased in how they look at the facts.

The simple fact is that many rape accusations are false.

Teenage girls make false accusations against step dads all the time. In child custody cases, false accusations are commonplace.

The Public Defender often does not have the investigative resources go out and get to the bottom of the case.

I have been defending sex crimes all of my professional life (forty years). There is no substitute for experience. A public defender is only appointed after you are charged. Many times that is too late. If you are under investigation and have been accused but not yet charged, that is when you really need a good lawyer. Many times, I have been able to develop facts that result in charges not being filed.
You need a lawyer before you are charged. It may keep you from being arrested and publicly humiliated.

If the police or a detective has contacted you and wants a statement, call me before you do anything.

The initial consultation is free and confidential.

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Grady Judd has done it again…..104 “March Sadness” arrests

The latest Internet sex sting in Polk County resulted in numerous prostitution and solicitation arrests. The emphasis in the sex stings has shifted from targeting so called child predators to targeting consenting adults looking to simply get laid. News flash Grady…they don’t call it the world’s oldest profession for nothing. This is an enormous waste of precious police resources.

How many burglaries were committed while dozens of the Sheriff’s detectives were trying to lure consenting adults into sex for money relationships?

How many car thefts?

How many elderly were bilked out of their savings?

How many violent crimes were committed during the same period of time that the detectives were posing as prostitutes on Backpage.com?

Grady Judd bragged in the television conference that there were a thousand responses to the undercover detective’s prostitution ads. So while they were answering 1000 calls, how many legitimate 911 calls were not responded to?

This is just stupid to the max. The answer is to legitimize and regulate prostitution. There would not be human trafficking if prostitution was legal.

If a man wants to pay a woman for sex, and if the woman wants to engage in sex, why is it the State’s business?

The days of pimps taking advantage of women are pretty much over. The Internet has replaced the pimp. Women can simply place ads on the Internet offering their services and men can respond. This reminds me of the Dolly Parton movie, “The best little whorehouse in Texas”. Remember the Bible thumping news reporter that was on a mission to put her out of business. Grady needs to get off his pedestal and get with the times. I would be willing to be that Grady is trying to position himself for a run at some greater elected office.

As a sex crime lawyer, this may be good for business, but is a terrible waste of Court resources. The “crime” is a misdemeanor and in my opinion, a victimless crime. And oh, by the way, some people who showed up has some pot. OMG, they wanted to get stoned get laid. I guess Grady Judd was asleep during the sixties and seventies. So much for “looking for love and feeling groovy”.

The public needs to wake up to the political grandstanding. I guess he wants to be the “law east of the Pecos”
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Yet another Sex Sting In Polk County

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February 15 2017

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It never fails.

In Polk County, right around Valentine’s day, Grady Judd and the morals police run another sting which included transmission of child pornography file images .

All of the details are not out but is looks like 19 people in the Orlando area were arrested on child pornography charges. Another 21 were sex offenders that were rearrested on technical violations like not registering an email address, not registering a screen name or some minor violation. Sex offender probation is a trap and has nothing to do with rehabilitation. All the good intentions mean nothing if the probation officer and the Sheriff’s department are looking for a technical violation. They really are out to get you, for even a minor non intentional violation. We will have to wait and see what the underlying facts are for the kiddie porn charges. I have long suspected that the police are entrapping men into sending child pornography.

I cannot believe there are 19 legitimate cases in this latest sex sting.

As a child pornography sex crime defense lawyer, over the years I have seen almost every kind of case. Many of the cases come from the peer to peer file sharing applications and the police will engage people on the Internet and may well talk them into sharing things they would never ordinarily do. Viewing child pornography does not mean that the person is a pedophile. Only a tiny percentage of the people who view child porn go on the commit an offense with a real child. It is a misconception that if a person looks at child porn, they then go on to molest a kid.

The sentences being imposed for child porn are off the charts. Men are getting more time in State prison, up to fifty years for simply looking at child porn in the privacy of their homes. You can get more time than for homicide. The prosecutors run up the guidelines by filing dozens of counts. In reality, with a single click of a mouse a person can download fifty images and face centuries in jail. The criminal justice system has gone nuts when it comes to child pornography.

If a loved one has been busted for possession of child pornography and you want to talk, call me at 941 366 3506

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Date Rape and Statutory Rape

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January 2017

Being falsely accused of a sex crime is a horrible thing.

As a sex crime lawyer, I have seen innocent men falsely accused and under investigation facing malicious false accusations by women.

The crime is actually called sexual battery.

It can take the form of forcible rape or simple alleged non consensual sex in a dating setting. The police routinely believe the woman. The prosecutors almost always take the side of the accuser. Many rape reports and allegations are simply false and most have an ulterior motive by the accuser. Statutory rape is having sex with an underage girl. Many times this involves a 15 year old female who was the real aggressor in a sexual situation. Many times the 15 year old lied about her age or even had a false identification. They sneak in with false identification. You may be arrested even if the girl came on to you and seemingly consented.

When it comes to date rape, some women want to blame their partners for their own indiscretion.

Women and men drink too much or abuse drugs and sex occurs. Some women will not take responsibility for their own conduct and days or weeks later claim they were drugged or the sex was non consensual. This happens all the time in the college setting. Custody disputes in divorce cases often involve allegations of underage sex. Sometimes, money is the real reason. Athletes are common targets for false allegations. As a sex crime lawyer for over thirty years,I have defended false allegations of sexual battery. These cases are defensible and a timely investigation is critical. Do not wait until you are arrested. Many times criminal defense lawyers can expose the false allegation before an arrest occurs.
How to defend against a false charge

Most of the time, there is a reason for the false allegation. It can be jealousy. It can be to gain custody of the child. The accuser can be mentally unstable or it can be done to get the man out of the house. In the past, I have defended men falsely accused by women who had consensual sex and when their boyfriend finds out, claimed they were raped. Many times, the true victim is the man that is falsely accused. Teachers are accused by disgruntled students. Stepfathers are accused by stepdaughters. Even wives can accuse their husbands and former spouses of sexual abuse. Do not become a registered sex offender for life. Do not go to prison on a false charge. Call today for a free consultation at 941 366 3506 or 239 334 8890