If you are even remotely thinking about taking your own life, do not do it. I know things may seem hopeless, but don’t even think about it. In the past few months there have been a few men who in desperation have taken their own lives facing forty Counts of Child Pornography here in Sarasota. For reasons I have yet to understand, Ed Brodsky’s office, in many of the child pornography cases has been charging forty counts (one for each video or pic). in many of the child pornography cases has been charging forty counts (one for each video or pic)
District Court of Appeal just reversed a conviction arising as a result of the
Sarasota Sheriff’s 2019 Sex sting operation.
The Appeal Court has finally addressed the Entrapment techniques being
used by the Sarasota Sheriff. The issue
in an entrapment case is whether or not law enforcement is creating the crime
and inducing men who are not otherwise predisposed to engage in sex with minors
to commit a crime. The Sarasota Sheriff,
with Ed Brodsky’s blessing, has been engaged in outrageous entrapment
techniques for years. Finally an appeal
court is addressing this issue. In the
most recent decision, the defendant was not looking for a child and met the
undercover detective on Meetme.com where the undercover cop originally posted
as an adult. There was zero evidence of predisposition and the inducement and
the luring was being done by the Sheriff’s detective.
As a sex sting lawyer, I have been blogging for years trying to alert the public as to what the Sheriff’s office here in Sarasota has been doing. Finally the Sheriff’s entrapment methods have been exposed. I urge everyone to read the Second District Court of Appeal opinion in Demare v State. You can simply Google “Second District Court of Appeal” and look at recent opinions and look for the one on Demare. The opinion ruled that the detectives engaged in Entrapment “as a matter of law” and held that the local judge should have dismissed the case. Hopefully, now with this opinion the local Courts will have some guidance on what is acceptable police conduct, and what is not.
sad thing is that the State Attorney’s office should have reigned in these
tactics long ago. The undercover
detectives, particularly the ones involved in the 2019 stings, have engaged in
outrageous police conduct. In another case, arising in this same 2019
sting, the detectives posted as an adult
prostitute, on an escort site, soliciting for prostitution. In that case the detectives actively
advertised that they were an adult prostitute, posted the hours, said they
would accept cash and for all intensive purposes pretended to be an adult
prostitute. They then did their basic
“bait and switch”. That case is now
working its way through the court system I have a pending motion to dismiss
based on this even more outrageous police conduct.
I urge everyone to go read this opinion…Finally…the Courts are doing what the Sarasota State Attorney should have done years ago.
Did this happen to you? I would like to hear your side .
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”
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.
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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Ever since the Feds shut down Craigslist Casual Encounters and Backpage.com, undercover ICAC detectives have been struggling to create arrests. In past years, the ICAC task forces routinely used Craigslist as there number one way of entrapping unsuspecting men with their bait and switch Internet Sex Stings. This has dramatically reduced the number of arrests nationwide and particularly here in Florida. They have not run one of the normal stings here in Sarasota in quite a while.
Arrest numbers are down in internet stings and you can expect law enforcement to dream up some new way to entice unsuspecting men into compromising situations.
The other Social Media sites are now being targeted. The number one site they are using is Meetme.com. Did you ever read the “Rules of Use” for Meetme.com? You are supposed to be over 18 to be on this site. The undercover detectives are now posting profiles that are in direct violation of the rules of use. They post age regressed photographs of attractive young women, sometimes scantily clad with suggestive catch phrases. When a man responds they do the “switch” and say something like “I am only 15”. If anyone on Meetme.com ever says they are under the age of 18, you can bet, they are an undercover cop. The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never chat with anyone that says they are a minor. Never, no never, send a sexually explicit photograph to anyone under 18.
As a sex crime lawyer, I have handled over 40 Internet Sex Sting cases all over Florida. The police are supposed to be targeting men who target children. Sadly, it is law enforcement that is targeting innocent lonely men. The police are the ones doing the luring, seducing and enticing. Here in Sarasota and Manatee County the statistics are way down and I remind everyone, never chat with anyone unless you are positive they are an adult. Do not get talked into chatting with a minor. Do not do it!
Police are also targeting the remaining escort sites, particularly in Polk County and in the Orlando and Daytona area. Normally it is only a misdemeanor to try to hook up with a prostitute. However, if the undercover prostitute claims she is 14, 15 or 16 years old, terminate all contact. They don’t call it jail bait for nothing.
Defending a sex crime case is not easy. The deck is stacked against you because generally, people start off believing the accuser. It the accuser is a child, most of the time the cops start off biased, your family does not believe you, the prosecutors detest you and the judges punish you with a ridiculous bond before you are even convicted.
Many criminal defense lawyers are not experienced in defending sex crime allegations. Sex crimes like statutory rape, sexual battery or lewd and lascivious acts involve a one on one, “he said, she said” situation. The simple truth is that many times the sex crime charge is simply not true. Being simply accused can ruin your life. For that reason, if you are “under investigation” you absolutely should hire a reallyqualified sex crime lawyer, before you make any statement, before your allow any search, or before you give anyone access to your computer or cell phone.
Over the years, I have handled lots of cases involving step daughters or teen age girls making false accusations. I have handled cases where a “soon to be ex-wife” has her daughter make up a story to get the upper hand in a nasty divorce. A false accusation of child sex abuse will always result in the guy getting thrown out of the house and a no contact order being entered. A teenage girl is the most manipulative creature on the planet and news flash…teenage girls lie.
Challenging a lie and attacking credibility is a skill some lawyers lack. There are ways to attack credibility. There are ways to show an accuser’s motive to lie. There are ways to create inconsistent statements. There are ways to create reasonable doubt. Children do make up stuff. Keep in mind that a six or seven year old still believes there is a Santa Clause or Easter Bunny. A manipulative spouse or girlfriend may manipulate the child into actually believing something happened, when it really did not. Women sometimes use their kids as pawns in a vindictive manner to punish a spouse or boyfriend out of jealously or rage. Sometimes, it is for money or to get the house or most often “custody” of the child.
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.
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 bothLee 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
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