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Petition: Pardon all people arrested and coviction of Internet Sex Stings

The internet sex stings concerning the solicitation of a minor are unconstitutional and do nothing more than test the will of average law-abiding males with consensual sex. These stings do not protect anyone because teens do not typically search for adults to have sex with on adult sites. These stings are nothing more than entrapment and the courts do not see the damage nor the rights of all involved. These stings are done on adult websites where age verification is required. Law enforcement posing as minors who are posing as adults on adult websites trap innocent victims usings bait and switch techniques. Sign the Petition

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  1. Q

    This sting was not good police work; it was entrapment. I have signed the petition. If anyone wants some encouragement read the comments on the petition page. It’s nice to see more people finally seeing the truth about these destructive, unconstitutional, worthless and unjust laws.

  2. One Day at a Time

    This is how I ended up on the registry. LE was in a chat room soliciting for males to contact them. When I did they kept sending me messages and playing to my vanity, telling me I was cute and funny. As this continued over a couple of weeks, a meeting was set up and the rest is history. I’ve never hurt anyone or forced anyone to do anything. I was lucky to get an expungement which has helped me gain employment but the DA filed an appeal so that is in limbo. My only hope is that the 6th district court is as sensible as the 4th district court has been in regards to registered citizens.

    • td777

      Similar for me, except I kept saying I believed the person was a cop. They would ask me to expose myself on cam for them, to which I replied for them to do it first. THAT is what they got me on…not trying to meet, but soliciting a “minor” to expose herself. Pretty pathetic when they disregard that I kept saying they were law enforcement, which the investigator acknowledged when questioning me but wss mysteriously deleted from chat texts when it went to court.

      How long did you have to wait to get yours expunged?

      • One Day at a Time

        I started the process about a year after I got off probation. It took about 4 months before the case actually made it before a judge. The judge ruled in my favor based off People vs. Lewis in the 4th district in 2006. However I am in the 6th district and the DA is appealing the expungement on the basis that the 4th district ruled incorrectly in the Lewis case and that an attempt is the same as the actual crime.

        I can’t see how state law can be interpreted one way in the 4th district and another way in the 6th. I’m imagining the worst case scenario is that if I lose then it will get kicked up to a higher court.

        It also boggles my mind that the attorney general’s office is in cahoots with the DA. It’s been nearly 8 years since the Lewis verdict and no one ever appealed that decision or tried to change the law like what we’re currently seeing with CoR.

  3. mch

    I would think that an empathetic lawmaker could draft a good bill that could effectively ban law enforcement from ADULT chat rooms/internet sites and make law enforcement produce age verification when they do choose to make more victims. I know some of these sting convictions have been overturned and found by the courts to be entrapment, just doubt if it was California.

    • One Day at a Time

      My lawyer said that entrapment is pretty much a myth. Law Enforcement is pretty much allowed to say or do anything to entice you.

    • td777

      California law enforcement is allowed by the courts to do anything they want(proven in Fullerton last week in the Kelly Thomas verdict).

  4. justice

    This has hurt so many family, with this entrapment. they manifacturing a crime and then
    arrest them for it. so unfair and it start in a adult chat room which i dont understand that at all.
    The laws in usa need to be review and changes . i think that the politcians are the blame for all this. How can they write a law that is unconstitutional
    I just dont understand this at all.

  5. Trey G

    Just wanted to let you know that I do believe we are close to shutting down these ICAC stings in Florida, but actually the same tactics are being used throughout the entire country which are littered with illegalities. It has not been an easy fight as I am sure you are aware but we have made much progress. Please visit our site at http://www.floridascandal.com. We know these operations from the inside out for the most part and there have been many that have joined in for this worthy cause. Also, if anyone has any media contacts, let us know. I have been working with media throughout the country and have several, but the more media that we have that are willing to listen, the better. Thanks.

    Here are a couple of fairly recent news stories we were able to get out and there will be more to come.

    http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/354700/250/10-Investigates-law-enforcement-may-have-entrapped-alleged-sexual-predators

    http://www.wkrg.com/story/24369062/sex-sting-backlash

  6. Dallas Q

    I got busted in 2004. I was in an “Adult” chat room. They cops set up the meeting at a bowling alley. I have bipolar and social anxiety disorder. At the time, I was having a manic episode. I called bowling alley and told them to tell the “girl” I wasn’t coming. A female officer got on the phone pretending to be the “girl”; begging me to meet her cause she had no way home, And she just needed a ride. The police removed all my belongings from my girlfriend’s house and destroyed them even though I requested them to be returned. I was sentenced to 6 months, but was denied parole until I did 22 months, because I had to take a sex therapy class. I have never been in trouble with the law except for this.

  7. Thomas Philip

    Mostly this is borderline entrapment and i have seen innocent people also started to think as pedophiles. So please stop this way and implement some other way where the police officer never initiates things like I like older people… and all those

  8. Rick Trapman

    Here is a recommendation for you individuals that truly feel that the ICAC Task Force members conducted an illegal DoJ approved ICAC Program internet sex sting that 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 is so fed up with this that he works with his Boss to offer a good Plea, dismiss or drop charges.
    Please, please, don’t take the first Plea offerings. This is what they all want you to do. Many of you have been ENTRAPPED via illegal internet website postings where the Undercover Agents have posted in adult websites and during the conversations, did a ”bait and switch” scenario. These ads have been ruled in many States as law enforcement soliciting, luring and enticing innocent law-abiding men who were seeking an No Strings Attached encounter with another adult and had no intention of a sexual contact with a minor.
    Ask yourself, ”Who is doing the soliciting, Who is doing the luring and enticement, Who is sending a picture of a minor to whom, Who is lying and posing as an adult, Who is asking you to bring condoms, Who is asking you to travel, Who is ignoring your initial ”No” or ”This is illegal to have sex with a minor” comments and still coercing you to commit, Who is asking you what you would like to do to the minor, Who is making you commit and be descriptive about what you want to do with the minor, Who is asking you for the type of vehicle you are driving, when you are traveling and arriving, Who is calling or texting you back, again, and again, and again, after you do not initially agree to meet them, i.e. the minor or parent of a minor, Who is leading the conversation and bringing up sex with a minor, etc. etc. etc. These are all things that these Undercover Agents are doing which all fall into entrapment – soliciting, luring, enticing, etc. etc. Remember, when you went online to look for an NSA encounter, you did not do this in search of sex with a minor. The Undercover Agent set you up and had the total mission to do the above to stack the numbers and help prove to the Public that they are trapping real Sex Predators and that is the story the Sheriffs are giving the media and public. They are not releasing the rest of the story of their conduct and the illegal actions that they have undertaken to ENTRAP these innocent men.
    If you are a real sexual predator, then you need to face your punishment and you have been caught and I applaud the ICAC Task Force for catching you. The Courts will clearly decide this. All others, go fight your cases.
    PD and some private defense attorneys (PDA) just don’t want to do all of this work and will recommend against this since they feel that you will get nowhere with it. BS Make them work to support you and if they don’t, dump them. Ask for another PD and don’t pay your PDA and request a refund. Get this wording added to your contract that you sign with the PDA so he knows up front that you are paying him/her to work in your interest, and not that of the Prosecutor or Court. The least amount of time that he/she spends on your case affords them more time to take on other cases. Don’t pay your PDA all the money upfront and don’t agree to a non-refundable amount. Add to the contract how you desire to pay him in Month, Quarterly installments as the case progresses and then the final payment at the end if your case goes to trial. You will see that many will agree to this payment schedule and then you have control of your defense destiny. If the PDA does not want to work with you on this, then keep looking and searching for one that will using the free consultations that most of them offer.
    It is just sad to keep hearing that PDs and PDAs won’t do the Motions or have recommended against them, see no value in doing this or that Motion, etc. etc. etc. It is your life, and not theirs. They know that this is additional painstaking, tedious and detailed work and the least that they have to do the better for them as well. Remember, they also have heavy case loads but that is their problem.
    This is why many, many, many of them seek to try to convince you that you need to take the Plea bargain, which they feel they have worked well for you and is in your best interest. Don’t get me wrong. There are many, many, many excellent PD & PDAs out there that really care and will bust their butts to work your cases but after reading a lot of the comments from prior defendants, I believe that there are more out there that are just coming to work and don’t want to invest the additional time that you need in your defense.
    As these Motions are submitted, the Court is either going to wake up or give in. Remember, both the Prosecutor and the Court as well have to write their responses and that is additional work for both and it starts developing a record of history of how they work, view and decide on these types of cases. They will make case law mistakes that will work to your benefit during the Appeal Process.
    One day when all of this blows up in their faces, the evidence of their impartiality will be documented and that can then be presented to interest groups, the media, etc. etc. They can never claim that they did not know what was happening and that they were part of the problem which they allowed to continue.
    My recommendation is to force the system to work for you. If you really feel that you were ENTRAPPED by the Undercover Agents assigned to this ICAC Task Force, then don’t throw in the towel but rather, defend yourself and use the legal system to the fullest extent. Force our PD or PDA to write, file, and argue your Motions and make the Prosecutor and Judges have to research and provide justifiable response and decisions.
    Take your case all the way to jury selection and even trial if the Plea that you are willing to live with is not offered.
    By submitting all of these Motions and having them denied by the Court, you have the right to then Appeal to a higher court. The Appellate Judges are as well going to wake up when they start seeing so many appeals and they will as well evidentially get sick and tired of this.
    Force the legal system to work for you, not against you.

  9. Rick Trapment

    Just want everyone to know where to report violations of DoJ, OJJDP, ICAC Program Investigative and Operational Standards and the sex sting Operational Plan. The Program Manager is Mr. Scott Pestridge in DoJ OJJDP. His is supported by Jeffery Gersh, and Jeff Slowikowsk. Also ensure that you cc: DoJ, IG and DoJ Special Litigations Offices. Forward your complaints in word or .pdf formats.

    Ensure that you address the ICAC Task Force names, dates, and submit your chats and texts and most importantly are the undercover agents’ depositions.

    Before you send anything do a good analysis of your text and cross walk this with the ICAC and Sting Operational Plans violations that you have identified in your investigations, i.e. sending a minor’s picture (as well as who authorized the sending of a minor’s photo and where the photo came from), setting the tone and pace and their solicitation ad which shows luring, enticement, coercion (how many times they asked you to identify what you wanted to do with them), if they were all properly trained (and when the last time) and had a detailed operational plan and ICAC Standards briefing, was the Chatter properly supervised during the sting, who approved the ecommerce (Craigslist, Backpage, etc) ads, did they violate the Terms of Use/Agreement by lying about their age, how many times the undercover agent lied about their age during the conversations, who asked you to travel, who kept bringing up or insinuating SEX, did the Chatters use their own private computer, was there a signed release to use the minor’s photo from the owner of this photo, did the Chatters get copies of the ICAC Standards and Operational Plan, did the Chatter ask you for your phone number, vehicle description, when you were arriving, and ask you to keep in contact with them as you got closer to the house or location, etc. etc. The violations combined with all of the ENTRAPMENT actions by the Chatter (undercover agent) are egregious solicitation action to make an arrest.

    Here are the email addresses that you need to have to submit your complaints:

    Scott.pestridge@usdoj.gov
    Jeff.Slowikowski@usdoj.gov
    Jeffrey.Gersh@usdoj.gov
    inspector.general@usdoj.gov
    Special.Litigation@usdoj.gov

  10. mch

    @Rick;
    Thank you for the valuable information you’ve posted here.

  11. Hannah Grace

    Our attorney (when I asked about entrapment) informed us that “Entrapment laws” do not apply in cases involving sex offenses with minors. The original charge was worded with “intent” in it. They also tagged an additional felony charge that could have resulted in a 15-25 year incarceration in state prison. If we did not take the deal, he could have gone to prison for the intent of committing a crime. After accepting the plea, we realized that the “Charges were amended” to read that he actually set up a meeting for the express purpose of committing a sex act with a minor. Most of the documentation that the officers had collected was eliminated from what was presented in court and we have no way to prove it. Law enforcement confiscated the device and destroyed the “records” and only submitted what they considered incriminating. Since all this has happened, I have become extremely bitter and cynical when it comes to law enforcement. As far as I’m concerned, law enforcement has created this type of offense to fill the coffers of the prison and probation departments.

  12. mch

    @ Hannah Grace;

    Another good posting and what you’ve written seems to be the case of many internet stings. The scenario is typical and usually goes like this:
    1. Police make initial contact through a chat room. Initial contact is the bait because police claim to be a “college” student, then ask one to go to private chat.
    2. In the private chat police will ask the sucker if he likes younger girls, which is generally followed by a yes.
    3. Police then reveal that they’re somewhere in the 14 yr old range, not really in college.
    4. The conversations can last weeks, months and often the police initiate the chats.
    5. At some point, the police will subtly turn the conversation into something sexual or ask for some sort of photo, meet, or something of that nature.
    6. After weeks of begging. pleading or cajoling, or weakening the sucker’s will, the police will get their wish, either by a photo or a meet.
    7. An arrest is made, the DA drops the “atomic bomb” option and threat of prison unless a plea agreement is made. Faced with that, the poor sucker, now shell shocked, will agree to most anything. The attorney for the poor sucker crafts a deal for probation and lifelong registration…cha ching!!! $25,000 later the poor sucker comes to his senses and realizes he’s just been screwed big time.
    8. The police have no record of the emails THEY sent, they tend to lose the initial contact conversations, tend to rewrite evidence, save it in an alterable format (Word) and/or destroy evidence.
    9. The poor suckers attorney follows suit and loses their files as well.
    10. Lastly, the poor sucker is left with no recourse, has a felony charge and suffers for the rest of his life.

    I’m guessing here Hannah, but I’ll bet the sting was either in Santa Clara or Orange County

    • G Mason

      Same thing happened to my friend. they said they lost initial chats and DA still filed charges.

  13. Laura Jessup

    I have a friend that recently got arrested for online solicitation of a minor. We are located in Texas so I hope that isn’t an issue with this group.

    Anyway, my friend had recently lost his mother to cancer and had been in a severe depression and was going to a therapist for the depression and severe apathy. He regularly posts ads on Craigslist seeking adult females.

    In all the research we have done we find that his case seems different from all the others as the police contacted him through his adult ad. And it was an ADULT AD, nothing about young or underage listed in the whole thing. Regardless when they contacted my friend he was bored and depressed, his previous therapy session the day before he was told he needed to find an excuse to get out of the house to fight the apathy, and most importantly when the police contacted him directly he was sure it was not a 14 year old but some guy playing games online through Craigslist. He played along and used the excuse of going to see this person thinking the whole time that when he got there the person would be nowhere in sight, but he would get out of the house.

    From what we have found, it seems like he has a good case for Entrapment based on Random Virtue Testing, as we are pretty sure the police did not have a valid reason for conducting their investigation on Craigslist (reports, etc).

    Can I get anyone else’s thoughts on my friends case?

    • A Tag

      Laura a very similar thing happened to me. With anything online and especially on craigslist you always have extreme doubt that the person will be real. I had a guy say that he was letting guys do things with his kids. I responded trying to test him to see how real he was. He seemed to be real but I still had a lot of doubt. I was also severely depressed and just wanted to get out of the house and even the city I am in. So I agreed to meet him mostly to see if he is real. I even changed my mind to meet him when I was in the parking lot and went to leave and the police stopped me. They know that craigslist is real of fake people and depressed people just looking for someone to spend time with so they trick them into meeting. They just want to get their arrests numbers up and don’t care about the people it effects or really trying to stop criminals.

  14. James Townsend

    I agree with all that sign this petition as these internet sex stings go to far and are unconstitutional and out of balance. There are character issues at play plus the fact that people are on adult chat site’s. Common sense would tell you if a person was actually looking for a teenage person they would go to a teen chat site.
    These stings affect those ensnared in this fools parade when they test the limits of regular law abiding citizens. The police do not care how far they go in this game of cat and mouse. I have written to congressman but all my letters have went in one ear and out the other. Its time for people to speak up about this witch hunt.

  15. george

    I have seen with my eyesinnocent people also started to think as pedophiles who got caught. So please stop this way and implement some other way where the police officer never initiates things like I like older people… and all those. And police officers make others feel like they are chatting with adults with the way police officers chat. These stings just make some innocents life dead.

  16. Brian

    As people said, these stings making people pedophiles rather than catching the actual ones. Cops can use their resources to catch actual ones, but as the sex stings are easy way to catch people (Mostly weak minded innocents/stupids), they are using these stings to bump up their cases. If having a weak mind is a crime, then all cops need to do is set up stings. This is really clear picture of a adult cop using all his brains to talk and entice some one. Who in the world as a real 12 year says i love to have sex with older people. The other side people start to think as some girl or lady is talking as a 12 yr old and gets sucked into this in a weak moment. When the person gets arrested, cops change the chats according their wishes, as they just copy paste the chats and if modified , no tool can catch it. These stings should be there but in a more reasonable way.

  17. James

    I want to update my comments I made last year. The devil is a deceiver and the father of all lies. Now if one looks at this these internet sting operations in a Christian perspective they are the one’s deceiving and it is shocking. There is no warning or protecting when it comes right down to it. Who are they protecting.
    Are they serving God or Man?
    They will do all they can to trap and bait you get you off guard or badger you once they feel your weakness and gullibility.
    Final note they can’t play God and be a deceiver at the same time. It doesn’t work that way. I am going thru my 3rd yr of a 10 year plea deal. Our Justice system is way off base on this type of thing. One could at it as police corruption in a deceptive manner.
    Police are there for good and not evil and not to con you or sway you into something one didn’t want to do …. we could also talk about lie’.
    I have never known God’s word to give anybody authority to lie.

    • Saddles

      James you make a good update statement in this article. Yes I also see my full name on here also and yes we all need to end much of this registry by internet inducement as it is effecting ones personal life, family life, and even the vigilant ordeals around the country. Even with today with this Black rights matter issue. And yes Blacks have just as much rights at the Indians and any other races. While I’m sure California is not easy on crimes or internet ordeals. These ordeals are out of line in many biblical views.

      True just and true value is what America is all about. Governments have seemed to lost their way from the early beginnings of true value and what America stands for “One Nation under God” The only true book is the bible and the principals as it tells one everything they need to know about themselves and how to cope with living in this world of man-made laws that usurp in this type of ordeal.

      Here it is 6 yrs. latter and I’m sure we have made a little progress but during this virus pandemic and the black lives matter ordeal its way over time we put much of this registry to rest in many ways. Sure pardon’s should be heard and yes prisoners should be let out in many ordeals as “we are still the people” and we still have to speak up not only to law enforcements but to the common people.

      I’m sure some would love to go on TV talk and speak up about it. Janice could have some of the leaders speak up about this in all America. Even branch chapters in all states should try and get some exposure like this as I’m sure it has been posed at one time but with all this other confusion its time for a bit more justice and being heard and not ignored.

  18. kirk wolhart

    I was going threw some majors changes in life majors neck fusions c-2 vs C-7 going threw chemical- medical embalance consist fluid in the brain. Depression that can be dangerous after sugery met a female she was lying on line signed a disclaimer while i was medicated and she really hurt my heart my soul and it changes for life when you know your not a sex offender. I wish they would or could pardon my case because female munipulate males all the time. Its the most scariest thing you could imagine your scarred for life. please help me get this pardon.

  19. D.V.

    Get RID of these sting operations. We are in Missouri, and my husband was recently entrapped by police officials who don’t even have their S*** together. We have been in HELL for the past seven months, thanks to these asshole “law enforcement” officers.

    What is unusual about his case is 1) the “sting operation” wasn’t even really a full operation. My husband was the ONLY one caught and made an example of. Plus, in the discovery of evidence, the investigators had not recorded the 20 minute conversation. They stated that the “recording device was not working properly.” 2) this “operation” occurred after the county sheriff LOST the local re-election. He wanted to go out with a bang, and unfortunately, my husband was the scapegoat he used. He reached out to the local papers and my husband was smeared all over it. He lost his job the VERY next day and we are STILL waiting to go to court.

    Our PDA says that entrapment is not arguable, yet I am fully CONVINCED that entrapment would be the best defense. My husband has NEVER been in trouble with the law, not even a speeding ticket, so he is not predisposed to commit any kind of crime, especially not one like this. And the investigators posted a false ad in the ADULT casual encounters on Craigslist, they DID perform bait and switch tactics within the first e-mail contacts, and during the phone conversations THEY kept pushing him to do something with the fictional 14-year-old daughter and he had NO INTEREST (I read all the e-mails and text messages myself, so I know he’s being truthful). My husband actually figured out it was a sting operation and he called them out on it, which angered the cops and they actually BROKE CHARACTER. Yet they conveniently don’t have the recording that would support this; only the last two minutes where my husband asked them to send a pic to prove they were who they said they were (which he knew they would not produce). I want a second opinion from another lawyer.

    Now he has felony counts of attempting to entice a minor and attempt to possess child pornography, which was later changed to POSSESSION of child pornography. Yet the cops have absolutely NO EVIDENCE of this because they never even raided our house; they wouldn’t have found anything anyway because MY HUSBAND IS A LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN. But even though he committed no crime and made no attempt to commit a crime (he was just screwing with someone whom he thought was just some random weirdo), he now faces up to 30 YEARS in prison if he is convicted. Not to mention, Missouri is a REGISTER FOR LIFE sex offender state, which is unconstitutional in a sense that registering for the rest of one’s life is cruel and unusual punishment, and the Constitution is supposed to PROTECT citizens against that.

    These past several months have been absolute hell for us. $25,000 in legal fees paid up front to our private defense attorney, my husband lost a $60K a year job, his health insurance, $30K retirement, and he is unable to find gainful employment because he cannot pass a background check. We are living on my meager teacher salary that is barely enough for bills (I live and teach in a low-income rural school district). Not to mention, he’s had to be on antidepressants because he feels worthless. As for me, I live in FEAR every single day that my husband will be convicted of crimes he DID NOT COMMIT and sent to prison. I fear that even if he has to take a lesser sentence, if he has to register, I will lose a husband. He’s already said on more than one occasion that he will kill himself if he has to register as a sex offender. I will lose a husband either way, and it is NOT FAIR I have to live with that kind of fear.

    These “law enforcement officials” have NO IDEA how much they destroy lives and destroy families when they falsely accuse someone of a crime, especially when they have NO EVIDENCE to back up their claims. And I suppose they also don’t think of the fact that they tarnish their own reputations with the public when they do this. I will forever be jaded and distrustful of our justice system because of what we are going through. There needs to be punishments in place for law enforcement who wrongfully pursue a person in this manner. This was not a “beyond the shadow of a doubt” accusation; this is a publicity stunt in which my husband is the fool they crucified. I pray that it ends soon and in our favor, that we can move on from this madness.

  20. Curt

    I have been registering since 2006 after initially entering a plea to one count of F.S. 847.0138 (2001) by information at sentencing in 2002 the ASA and the judge stipulated on the record that the intent of the agreement was that I was not going to be a sex offender or sexual predator, again the same stipulation was made on a technical violation of probation in 2003 and directed DOC not to treat me as such.
    I was released from prison in 2006 a couple of months before my release I was called up to prison classification where I was directed to sign a form directing me to register as a sex offender once I was released I respectfully refused and I was sent to confinement for disobeying a direct order from prison staff, the next few months as I finished my sentence and after my three attorneys I had used since the initial arrest refused to call me back in prison, the sheriff told my family that if I didn’t register I would be rearrested.
    After the release from DOC I continued to pursue all collateral attacks to the conviction and judicial enforcement of my plea agreement all of which were summarily denied all the way up through the courts, about 2007 after researching the DOJ mandates issued to the states on the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) which reads as follows:
    42 U.S.C. § 16925(a) sets forth a penalty for jurisdictions that fail to substantially implement Title I of SORNA, For any fiscal year after the end of the period for implementation, a jurisdiction that fails, as determined by the Attorney General, to substantially implement this title shall not receive 10 percent of the funds that would otherwise be allocated for that fiscal year to the jurisdiction under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.).
    Thus, a registration jurisdiction that fails to substantially implement SORNA will realize a 10% reduction in its Byrne JAG formula funds. Each of the 50 states, 5 principal territories, the District of Columbia, and some federally-recognized Indian tribes currently qualify for annual awards under the Byrne JAG formula and therefore will be subject to the reduction if they fail to substantially implement the requirements of SORNA.
    Calculating award amounts under the Byrne JAG formula is a multi-step process. First, initial allocations to the states, territories, and the District of Columbia are calculated based on population and violent crime statistics, and certain adjustments are made to ensure a minimum amount of funds for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. These initial allocations determine the amount that goes into each state, but not the amount that goes to the state government itself. Rather, of this initial allocation 60% goes directly to the state, whereas 40% goes to qualifying units of local government and tribes. If a state fails to substantially implement SORNA, the 10% reduction in their Byrne JAG formula funds will be applied only to the 60% in direct grants to states, and not the 40% in grants to local governments and tribes within the state.
    For practical purposes, the reduction will be applied in the fiscal year following the deadline for implementation. For example, if a jurisdiction has not substantially implemented SORNA and does not request an extension in 2010, the deadline is July 27, 2010. If it is determined that the jurisdiction did not substantially implement SORNA by July 27, 2010, the reduction will be 10% of the FY 2011 award, imposed when the FY 2011 awards are made.

    For funds withheld, SORNA provides reallocation:
    RE-ALLOCATION. Amounts not allocated under a program referred to in this section to a jurisdiction for failure to substantially implement this title shall be reallocated under that program to jurisdictions that have not failed to substantially implement this title or may be reallocated to a jurisdiction from which they were withheld to be used solely for the purpose of implementing this title. See 42 U.S.C. § 16925 (c).

    For any jurisdiction that has been penalized and wishes to have funds reallocated back to its jurisdiction to be used solely for implementation of SORNA, that jurisdiction must make such a request in writing to the SMART Office. Requests must include a plan and timeline for substantial implementation. The final decision on such requests will be made by the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
    Jurisdictions that implement SORNA have an ongoing obligation for compliance and thus, the Byrne JAG reduction penalty may be applied each year a jurisdiction is deemed non-compliant. This means that a jurisdiction’s substantial implementation status will be determined annually. This process need not be onerous, particularly if the jurisdiction has made no significant changes to its relevant legislation or sex offender registration and notification system.
    As with the county I register in I first was told I was to register twice a year in person, the last day of each month the sheriff sends police officers around to registrants addresses to do two things (1), arrest an offender that has not registered that month, (2), Be in compliance with 42 U.S.C. § 16925, which required state law enforcement to assign local county officers to make physical checks on offenders to maintain compliance, the funds at sex fourth pursuant to the Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) See https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/jagp16.pdf 2016 was $275.000.000.
    Also many if not all Florida counties charge a “administrative fee” Duval is $25.00 this fee is required when a offender reports to the sheriff every 6 or 3 months or if there is changes of a offender’s address. Legally this fee is not attached to the final judgment or is statutorily authorized under Florida law but the loophole is if you don’t pay the fee the sheriff won’t allow you to register so 5 years in prison.
    PROPOSED ACTION TO FORCE CHANGE TO FLORIDA’S SEX OFFENDER REGISTERY
    This will require a direct action to force problems with sheriffs with compliance with Byrne JAG requirements which will be intended to reveal the existing problems, and hopefully highlight an alternative, or demonstrate a possible solution to this social issue, the simplicity of this is brilliant let’s just call it a sit in for now it won’t require transportation to a event or a space to protest all that will be required is for offenders to just not comply.
    The police will walk up to offenders residences we all realize this and there will probably be arrests but not for failing to register as required by Florida law this is the beauty of this action, being able to slow down and force DOJ to try and change federal law will have a rippling effect on all state laws, social media will play a big part in this direct action. Please reply or email with ideas.
    http://docdro.id/rH1Alae

  21. Debi

    My son has been caught up in this trap. He was doing very well in life, well educated and successful. Now his life and reputation is ruined. He honestly thought he was role playing with an adult woman. How can this be allowed to happen in our country?

  22. Joseph Pratt

    This Memorandum for Proper Tactics and Rules of Engagement is According to the United States Department of Justice Federal Training Manual for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Undercover Online Chat Training Course and the following Rules are Mandated:

    1.) Law Enforcement Officers Shall not use and are Prohibited from using Online Dating Websites for Consenting Adults.

    2.) Law Enforcement Officers Shall not use and are Prohibited from using Online Instant Messaging Chatrooms for Consenting Adults.

    3.) Law Enforcement Officers Shall not use and are Prohibited using Adult Profiles of the Age of 18 Years Old and Older on Online Social Media/Social Networking Websites.

    4.) Law Enforcement Officers are Allowed to use and Shall only use Profiles of the Age of 17 Years Old and Younger on Online Social Media/Social Networking Websites.

    5.) Law Enforcement Officers when Setting Up an Online Internet Undercover Sting Operation are Mandated to ask for Permission in Writing via a Cooperative Agreement to said Social Media/Social Networking Website’s Legal Counsel/Legal Team for the Express Purpose of Conducting said Online Internet Undercover Sting Operation and if not done so they would be in Violation of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 18 United States Code Annotated 1030.

    Source: Office of the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice.

    • Joe Thomas

      Sir, thank you for the information provided in your post. Is there any way you could send me a copy of the manual. My brother had a psychotic break related to PTSD in the Army. He purposely found a local sting operation and had his self arrested as he was afraid of hurting himself or others. Based on what you said above, 4 of those guidelines have been violated. This document would be very helpful in his case. Thanks again. my email is joethomas1783@gmail.com

    • Gary

      Scott please post doj link you found that info

      • John

        did you get a copy of those mandates?? i need them

        • New Person

          I can’t find the manual to which these rules exist. All I know is ladyjusticemyth.blog is where that listing is found. She also cannot find the specific manual either.

          I’ve opened up several pdf files and used the search function, but nada.

          If someone can find this list with a site link, then that would do wonders for so many people.

    • marlene

      Please, how or where can I get a copy of the manual where you found the excerpt you posted?

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