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FL: Officers bend rules to boost sex sting arrest totals

POLK COUNTY, Florida – In the decade since Chris Hansen and “To Catch a Predator” popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida alone have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex.

But as the stings put more and more men behind bars, detectives are working harder and harder to keep up their arrest numbers. And the tactics they’re using to put alleged sexual offenders in jail are sweeping up large numbers of law-abiding men, too. Full Article

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I’m a victim of these tactics. Law enforcement are the predators. They are guilty of crimes against humanity. They are looking to hurt people and they get off on it.

I’m a victim of them as well, they ARE entrapment, and any “crime” in which the prosecution can so easily manipulate the evidence(as in my case) by changing the chat text to say more than it actually said should not be charged as a crime at all!

I’ve been arguing against entrapment for years and as “bob” have kept some “to catch a predator” members too busy to entrap at the years long topix thread “doctor heads to court after online sex sting.”

It’s important to keep their lunacy visible.

I’ve been saying for a while now that these cops go out and create crimes where no crime exists. What they do is like a window repair man throwing a rock through a window and then going after and getting paid for the repair job. The mere fact that cops do this is a clear indication that we need to get allot of cops off the payroll and downsize.

This issue needs to be addressed nationwide. Too many LE’s are doing these stings and “catching” people who are coerced into committing a crime. How many innocent people have been convicted by such illegal tatics? I read almost every day about these stings, and news stations report it like the “suspects” were looking for minors when in reality, it was the LE looking for them.

Those who have been caught in one of the LE stings know the template they follow and exactly who they target. Experience has shown that Orange County and Santa Clara Counties are “tops” in the sting department and “tops” in bending the rules. Losing evidence, altering evidence, making threats, not following electronic protocol are just the tip of the iceberg as far as irregularities. They hit a person with excessive bail, threats of long prison terms and if one can afford an attorney you spend savings AND retirement paying for one that generally steers you to a crappy plea bargain.… Read more »

I don’t think anyone can be as bad as Investigator Weinstein in the Riverside District Attorney’s office. In my case, he took months just to provide evidence to my attorney, and when he did, the chat text had been changed and only one photo was provided, which was NOT the one I had been shown during the conversations. They spent months contacting me trying to get me to take the conversation further, all the while knowing I had gone as far as telling them multiple times I believed they were with law enforcement and not who they claimed to be.

Ok maybe the links will work right this time. Sorry about the mess above There’s two cases we know about in California People v Villapando and People v Aguirre Both of these cases involved the same ICAC investigator and there’s a good write up on one of them on Forbes Why Craigslist’s ‘Casual Encounters’ Is A Bad Spot To Catch Predators A guy caught in an episode of To Catch a Predator was acquitted due to entrapment as well. To Catch a Predator Acquittal Read Villray’s comment below as well. It’s loaded with info and strategies that are the result… Read more »

For these local DoJ ICAC Task Force internet sex stings that are given federal funding, there has to be an Operational Plan and MOU for each operation. Yes, I managed to get a redacted copy of the Operational Plan. My defense attorney filed a Motion to Compel, scheduled a court date and presented it to the Judge with the Prosecutor present. When it was initially filed and prior to scheduling the court date, the Prosecutor called my defense attorney and informed him that a court date was not required and that he had already asked the Sheriff’s Office to provide… Read more »

My 30 year old son was just arrested in this type of sting. He answered a ad for adult hook-up, with the poster stating over 18 in the heading of the ad. He requested a picture, and a cropped black & white face shot was provided. She looked clearly in her late 20’s. They discussed meeting, no fee for sex for offered or requested. Once meeting was established, she stated she was a ‘bit younger’… he asked how old & she stated ‘16’. He declined. ‘She’ continued to attempt to meet, stated she ‘act much older’… & started to text… Read more »

This sounds so familiar. Which agency arrested him, and do you know the investigator’s name?

I was caught 20 years ago in a similar sting all stings should be illegal

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