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FL: law enforcement may have entrapped alleged sexual predators

PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida – A document obtained by 10 News indicates law enforcement may have crossed the line when trying to round up alleged sexual predators over the weekend — and defense attorneys say entrapment cases could be built around the evidence. The multi-agency sting, led by the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Office and Clearwater Police Department, netted 35 arrests in “Operation Home Alone.” The effort was coordinated by the region’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

ICAC guidelines instruct undercover officers to “allow the investigative target to set the tone, pace, and subject matter of the online conversation.” But a Florida man, who says he responded to the officers’ Craigslist ad, sent 10 News an alleged e-mail chain that indicates law enforcement is willing to bend, or break, their own ICAC guidelines to get “targets” to talk about sex with children. Full Article

Related: 35 sexual predators arrested in Clearwater police ‘Operation Home Alone’

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Florida is an s hole on so many levels. While the cops entrap citizens for make believe crimes, young boys have been systematically murdered under their noses at a house of horrors reform school.

This sort of thing has been going on all over the country, but in California, it’s primarily Orange County and Santa Clara Counties that run internet stings. The police do have a targeted male profile they’re seeking to lure: Male, 35-50+, single and in adult type chat rooms. Here’s their tactic; First, they engage the target, indicating they’re in college or single adult female; next, they’ll recant and admit to being under 14 yrs old (magical age for a slam dunk felony charge). Keep in mind, they make the initial contact, they keep the conversation going, they have a set… Read more »

Not an expert on this, but the m.o. generally includes dropping all charges in exchange for a guilty plea to a single one, one that includes mandatory registration. And then probation only, as no one has the motivation or money to incarcerate these people.

Another ‘predator’ exposed, scores of children ‘saved’, mucho publicity and accolades for the LE Agency, and job security for same.

Here is a recommendation for you individuals that truly feel that LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTRAPPED you. You need to run your case all the way to jury selection and even trial and force your public defenders (PDs) or private defense attorneys (PDAs) to submit every possible Motion (Suppress, Double Jeopardy, Dismiss, Dismiss L&L, Compel (all evidence, ICAC Investigative and Operational Standards employed in the operation, Sting Operational Plan, copies of the operational briefing, copy of the States MOU with DOJ ICAC Program Manager), etc, etc.) to the Court and make the Prosecutor work his ass off until he offers a good… Read more »

ok I have a question actually. my fiancé is being held without proof of sexualy molesting my 9 year old daughter. all tests including sex have came back negative. all there is is what she told to kids harbor which was answering leading questions an the ONLY similarity is that he told her to go back to bed when he would wake up in the middle of the night and she and my son or just her at that time had snuk into our room and was watching tv. My question is I guess how would we know if the… Read more »

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