Manatee child Pornography Sting…..Are detectives posting links to child porn?

The Manatee Sheriff’s office announced Operation One Way Ticket this week, an operation that culminated in multiple arrestsPrevention rather than prosecution is the way to stop child pornography.

Why do men look at child pornography?  It has to be an illness.  The truth is that it really is a treatable illness.  If you stop and think about it, how could anyone get turned on by looking at a naked prepubescent child, much less, a child engaged in sex.  It just has to be an illness.

There is a common misconception that if someone looks at child porn, they will go on the molest children.  All of the statistical data suggests that this is just not the case.  Many of the men who look at this stuff were molested as a child themselves.  Some of the men have mental challenges and may be functioning at the level of a child themselves.   As a child pornography lawyer, I have represented many men that are autistic or mentally challenged, and they just don’t know any better.
As a sex crime and child pornography lawyer I have been fighting and will continue to fight the unfair policies here in Sarasota and Manatee.

I have always thought that prevention rather than prosecution is the answer.  Most child pornography images have a “hash value”.  It is like a fingerprint, and when the image is transmitted over the Internet, the Internet provider is programmed to create an alert that a child pornography image was just sent.  That alert goes to the police and identifies the IP address from which it was sent, as well as the address it was sent to.  This is what triggers most child pornography investigations and arrests.

Since there are programs that report it, why not just write a program that blocks the transmission of the image.  The FBI and ICAC have a library of almost all of the known images and videos.  Transmission could be stopped with a simple program that prevents it.

What are the child pornography stings actually doing?

There is a fine line between investigating and creating a crime.  Are the police on social media sites posting links to child pornography?  Are the police on social media encouraging people to exchange kiddie porn videos or pics?  Most of the men arrested had nothing to do with creating child pornography.  In fact, most child porn is not made in the United States and comes from other countries.  You cannot stop people in other countries from making it, but we could stop it from being transmitted.

Why are the men arrested charged in so many Counts (charges)?

With the single click of a mouse a zip jpeg file can be downloaded with hundreds of pics or videos.  Once it is in a computer, even if “deleted”, it remains there undetected.  Even if someone gets a child porn video accidently, it cannot be erased short of totally erasing and resetting the entire hard drive of the computer.  Even if a person does not want to possess a child porn image, once it is there, it is next to impossible to get off the computer.

Here in Sarasota and Manatee County, the State attorney and the Sheriff have a policy of charging at least 40 counts, generally second degree felonies, in almost every case.

When they file that many charges (even from one click of the mouse), they run the bond amount through the roof, and more importantly, run the sentencing guidelines so high that most men then face life in prison or a sentence in hundreds of years.

The prosecutors mistakenly believe these men are pedophiles who will go on to molest children, and that is simply not true.  These men need help in the form of intensive counseling.  Putting them in prison for 30 or 40 years does nothing.  Prevention and counseling are the answers to this type of conduct.

The State’s policy here, has resulted in several of the men arrested, facing life, then opting for suicide.  Looking at a picture or a video does not justify a life sentence, much less taking your own life.  These are not contact offenses, and the men who look at a picture had nothing to do with molesting any child.  Many of these men are psychologically damaged themselves.

As a child pornography lawyer, over the years, I have found that most of the men seriously need help, not spending the rest of their life in prison.  If a relative or loved one has been arrested, this is not the time to abandon them.  They need legal and psychological help.

Finding the best child pornography lawyer is a difficult task.  No lawyer should ever claim he is the best, and no good sex crime lawyer should do so.  The simple fact is that there are few criminal defense lawyers that devote their practice to these types of cases.

When you interview lawyers, ask them how many of these types of cases they have actually handled as a defense lawyer, (not as a prosecutor).  As in most things in life, experience counts.  Look at the lawyers actual credentials.  Don’t be fooled by titles like “Super lawyer” or artificially inflated reviews.  Make sure the lawyer you are talking to is the one who going to actually handle the case, and not just refer it out.  Some lawyers are great at advertising.

Go meet with the lawyer.  Is this the person I want standing by me (or my loved one) in the Courtroom?  Is he or she experienced, compassionate, competent and articulate?

Good results are not an accident and only come with hard work and lots of experience.

Most criminal defense lawyers, including myself, do not charge for an initial consultation.

COVID and computer crimes

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

With more and more people staying home, and more and more people feeling depressed and lonely because of the social distancing, computer crime is on the increase.  Lonely men on dating sites looking for adult companionship sometimes fall for the bait and switch by the undercover chatters in the various Internet Sex Stings

Police are trolling the Internet, particularly the gay hookup sites, trying to entrap men into compromising chat and sometimes luring and seducing them into traveling to meet a minor.  Do not give in to any type of temptation to meet an underage person for any reason.  If you are on Grinder or any type of site like “” and anyone even hints they are underage, immediately stop chatting.  If they ask for a phone number, do not give it.  If they want to text, do not do it.  It is always a cop.  There are no underage girls or boys on the Internet looking for “experience” or an “older guy”.  It is always the police.

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime. Never send a “dick pic” to anyone.  There is a scam running on the Internet now, where a person pretending to be an underage teenager will trick someone into sending a “dick pic”.  After that, a person pretending to be the father will contact you demanding money.  It is a scam.

Sarasota and Manatee County Child Pornography Defense Attorneys

There is another scam where after sending a pic, you will be contacted by a person pretending to be the police offering a “diversion program” or counseling for a fee in return for not being arrested.  This is a one hundred percent scam.  Do not fall for it.

The Internet is a dangerous place and the Internet world is full of scammers looking for a way to get your money.  The police will never ask you for money.

There has been an explosion of child pornography cases.  I suspect that some “bad cops” are actually posting links to child pornography sites.  There is a law that they cannot transmit child porn, but nothing stops them from posting links to child porn sites in chat groups, and then prosecuting people when they go to those sites and look at it or download it.

If you are contacted by the police, and you feel that at some time you may have in some way done something improper, do not try to talk your way out of it.  Do not consent to allowing the police to take your computer or cell phone.  If they have a search warrant, do not resist.  But if all they do is threaten to get a search warrant, do not give in, or agree or provide them with anything.  In America, you have the right to an attorney.  You need to exercise that right and “lawyer up” immediately.  Never consent to an interview.  It will never help you and only hurt you in the long run.  If you have questions, call a lawyer, a sex crime lawyer immediately.

Covid Child Porn Sex Stings

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

June 17 2020

The Covid social distancing issues have cause a spike in child pornography cases.  These are cases the detectives can work without leaving their office.  Also, the social distancing has put many people out of work and consequently many people are sitting at home bored on their computers.  Sheriff Grady Judd just ran a Polk County child pornography sex sting and proudly announced on television the arrests of 16 men he publically called “Deviants”.  He proudly announced that all of them were charged with possession of child pornography with multiple second degree felonies and each faced life under the Florida Sentencing Guidelines.  He claimed that all of them were dangerous and likely to molest children.  He cited the “Butner Report”, a very slanted Government report that falsely claims that people who view child pornography go on to molest children.  That false statement is also sadly the view of many uneducated prosecutors.  The truth is that only about 3% are involved in contact offenses.  The other statistic that is ignored is the fact that the recidivist rate (the likelihood of committing another sex offense) is incredibly low, lower than any of the other crimes.

Addiction to child pornography is a treatable illness.  These men are not “deviants”, they are suffering from an illness.  Many were molested as a child and were victims themselves of sexual abuse at an early age.  Sadly, many in law enforcement do not understand this.

As a child pornography lawyer, I have the benefit of reading many psycho-sexual evaluations done by qualified and experienced psychologists.  The prosecutors on the other hand only hear the spin put on cases by men like Grady Judd. 

When the police run a child pornography Sting, do they post links to child pornography sites?  By law, they cannot post child porn, but they can put links to sites out there, and then, when men to the links, arrest them for receipt or transmission of kiddie porn.  In the perfect world, police are here to serve and protect.  We do not live in a perfect world.  If an agency gets Federal ICAC funding, they have to produce results.  Also, going on television and proudly proclaiming that you are keeping children safe from deviants makes good sense politically and will get you re-elected sheriff.

As a sex crime lawyer, and former prosecutor myself, I understand how misguided the current police philosophy is.  These men are sick and need help, not life in prison.  Prevention is a much better solution than prosecution.  Ninety nine percent of all child pornography could simply be blocked on the Internet, but that would not result in arrest statistics. If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of child pornography, transmission of child ponrography or are under investigation for child pornography in polk county, call an experienced child pornography defense attorney who can explain your options in your fact specific case . At Aiken and O’Halloran there is no charge for your initial consultation. Call Today at 941-366-3506.

I welcome your comments

Computer Crime and Child Pornography arrests are up during Covid crisis

June 10 2020

The social distancing and job losses resulting from the Coronavirus shutdown has caused a spike in sex crime investigations and prosecutions here in Sarasota.  As more and more people avoided in person social contact, computer crimes have gone up.  With the various public assistance programs handing out billions in aid, there is going to be an explosion of fraud cases dealing with false claims for disaster aid and unemployment, including food stamps.  In the meantime the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office continues to very aggressively arrest and prosecute anyone who even looks at a single image of what they deem child pornography on a computer or cell phone application.

Parents, if you have a teenage son, you have to impress upon him, how very dangerous even looking at a single video can be.  There is an old saying that “curiosity killed the cat” and when it comes to child pornography prosecutions here in Sarasota,that is absolutely true.  The State attorney here in Sarasota has implemented a policy of charging 40 second degree felonies in most child porn cases.   Even if a person downloaded a single file with a single click of a mouse, the State Attorney here chooses to charge each single image as a second degree felony, running the Florida sentencing guidelines up to life in prison.  They are even prosecuting teenagers for kiddie porn here in Sarasota.  If a teenage girl, sends a pic of her breasts or her vagina to another teenage boy (sexting), the young man can find himself facing prison as well as becoming a registered sex offender.

Detectives do not have to leave their office to do child pornography investigations.  Instead of doing the regular Internet sex stings, involving dozens of officers, take down houses and the expenditure of vast resources, the detectives in the privacy of their offices can run up arrest statistics in child porn prosecutions simply sitting at their computer.  As a sex crime lawyer I have seen some terribly unfair arrests and prosecutions.  Image, looking at a single image sent on Snapchat or KIK can land your son, your husband, your grandfather or some other loved on in jail and making them a registered sex offender for life.

Why does anyone look at child pornography?  It is a treatable illness and many times just morbid curiosity.  The prosecutors here in Sarasota actually believe that if a person even looks at a single video they are dangerous and a likely child predator.  Nothing could be more incorrect.

Many young men, and even older men, were victims of sexual abuse at a very tender age.  They are reliving things that were done to them.  Only 3% of child pornography viewers have any history of committing real contact sex crimes.  Most are introverts (particularly the young men) with zero history of committing any crime, much less a sex crime.  Child pornography can be prevented.  Prevention is always better than prosecution.  With modern technology, the transmission of child pornography can be blocked.  Most of the videos and images of child pornography are known to law enforcement, and can easily be blocked by the Internet providers.  In the meantime, the arrests continue. 

Sadly, the State attorney’s policy here in Sarasota makes some child victims of sexual abuse a victim again later in life when they relive the events looking at child pornography.  I welcome your views on this subject.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of child pornography or are under investigation for child pornography, please call and talk to me about your situation and let me, Peter D Aiken criminal defense attorney specializing in sex crimes, give you some suggested options.

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Child Pornography Investigation on the increase during Covid 19

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

May 20 2020

The social distancing factor of Covid has caused a spike in kiddie porn investigations and cases.  With more and more people in “islolation” there has been a spike in the viewing of pornography and Internet chat and contact.  To the extent that there is an increase in the viewing of regular pornography, there has also been an increase in the viewing and sharing of child pornography.  Here is an interesting question.  Are various law enforcement agencies posting “links” to child pornography sites to create cases?  Law enforcement is prohibited from transmitting child pornography (the images themselves), but is there a prohibition against police agencies posting “links” to sites that have child pornography to create cases and arrests?  As a child pornography defense lawyer, I am beginning to see a suspicious pattern emerge in some of the investigations.  In the perfect world, this should never happen, but we don’t live in a perfect world and not all law enforcement officers play by the rules.

I have also seen an increase on cases involving smart phones.  Everyone thinks of child porn as being a computer type crime, but, smart phones are computers.  With applications like “Snapchat” an image can be transmitted to a person who is not even remotely looking for or asking for child pornography.  Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to this type of accidental receipt of child pornography.  Also, on sites like Omegle, illegal videos can be created and sent and the recipient may accidentally get something he or she never intended to receive

What do you do if you receive a video or image you never intended to get? Some people think that if you hit delete, it is not deleted.  If you take your computer somewhere to get it reformatted or “cleaned” you run the risk of being reported as a suspect yourself.  Accidentally getting something on your computer creates a huge problem in how to effectively destroy or delete an image you absolutely do not want.  Some of the “cleaning” programs may or may not work.

The best thing to do is to take steps so you will never even accidently get something illegal.  Stay away from peer to peer file sharing sites.  Only open emails from friends and people you know and trust.  Never, no never engage in chat on any site with anyone that even remotely hints they are underage.   Never send a picture of your privates (a dick pic) to anyone.  Nothing on the Internet is real, and you may think you are chatting with an adult on a dating site, but it may in fact be a 15 year old and you may find yourself getting arrested for transmitting a image harmful to a minor.

The Internet investigations are actually on the increase.  These are cases the police can investigate and prosecute without ever leaving their offices.  The bottom line is the best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.  Never chat with anyone underage for any reason.  Never send a sexually explicit image over the Internet to anyone.  This is particularly true if you are using “Grinder” or one of the other gay dating sites.  The cops are trolling Grinder looking for men to entrap with bait and switch tacticsThey will post as an adult, claim at first to be 19, and then after contact, claim to be 14 or 15.  Never use Grinder to hookup with anyone underage

In the meantime, Stay safe, stay well and continue with social distancing.


Omegle and Child Porn Dangers

The Internet is a dangerous place. What starts off as innocent chat can lead to getting arrested for things like soliciting a minor for sex, transmission of harmful material to a minor and even sexual battery.  Many adults go on Omegle for live video random chat.  What people do not know is that you can end up chatting with a cop.  You can end up unknowingly chatting with a minor.  As a Florida sex crime lawyer, I have handled cases that started off on Omegle and ended up in the criminal courts.  I once represented a young man who thought he was video chatting with an adult only later to find out the young lady was underage.  Unfortunately, even though she sent him nude video pics and said originally she was an adult, it turned out later that she was 15.  He fell for a young girl that was out to have a sexual encounter.  In Florida, mistake of age is not a defense.  Even if a fifteen year old lies, even if she has false ID, it is not a defense because a 15 year old cannot consent to sex. 

It is even worse when the girl is seventeen.  Even if she looks 25, sometimes the man can still get arrested if he is over 24 years of age.  The Internet is Dangerous and you cannot believe anything is real or anything is the truth.  I have handled over 40 Internet sex sting cases and almost every one of them, the man was not looking for a child.  In almost every case, it was a police undercover officer, pretending to be an adult, and then later claiming to be a child.

Here are a few helpful tips.  Never chat with a minor about anything.  Nothing good comes of that.  Never, no never, send a dick pic to anyone, even an adult.  You don’t know that they are really an adult and if it turns out to be a minor you can find yourself being arrested, prosecuted, convicted, sentenced to State prison and become a registered sex offender for life.  Over and over I have represented men who absolutely had no intention of hooking up with a minor.  The undercover police chatters are “masters of seduction” when it comes to luring men into traveling to meet a minor. They will work the men with compliments, like, “you are really cute”, “guys my age are so stupid and immature”, “I am not very experienced”, “I bet you can teach me things”.

There is another great Internet danger.  Some of the Internet dating sites match up people with GPS programs.  The cops post as an adult female 19 or 20.  The dating site matches the profile with an adult guy 20 to 25.  After the random match, the undercover cops say “sorry I lied, I am really only 14” or something like “I can’t drive yet” or “I am still in school.

Common sense is that any one hearing that should walk away, but the cops are really good at luring guys in.  They will say “my mom is away for night”  or “I have the house to myself” or “my parents are away for the weekend”.

Guys….Newsflash…There are no real 14 or 15 year old girls that want to hook up with some older dudeIT IS ALWAYS A COP!.    Some people think that if you ask a person if they are a cop they have to tell you the truth.  That is a total myth and 100% untrue.  They don’t call them undercover cops for nothing.

My advice….Stay off Internet dating sites….NOTHING IS REAL….Stay off random video chat sites like Omegle.  The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

Defending sex crime cases is tough and  public opinion is always against you.  As a sex crime lawyer,

I try to warn people about the dangers of the Internet.  It is particularly dangerous for young socially introverted young men and even more dangerous for men with a disability like autism or a learning disorder.  The police prey on weak young lonely introverted men.  The get the low hanging fruit and the weak young guys that fall for the bait and switch.  They claim they are protecting the public, but the truth is, they are the sex predators. 

How much time will I do on a Florida prison sentence?

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506

How much time will I do on a Florida prison sentence?

Right now, that is difficult to predict.  It depends on what the underlying offense is.  Is there a minimum mandatory sentence?  Are you eligible for gain time?

The law is about to change?  Florida Senate Bill 394 is working its way through the Senate.  If passed, it will change the amount of time served from 85% or a sentence to 65% and for many prisoners,  and that can make a huge difference in thousands of sentences.  If they make it retroactive, it will make thousands  eligible for immediate release.  The Senate is going over the language of the bill and no one yet knows what will get passed, if anything, much less whether this Governor will sign it.

Contact your Florida Senator and ask him to pass this bill.  For first time non violent offenders prison sentences increase recidivism.  Long prison sentences should only be for people who are a danger to society.

For Example, here in Sarasota, the State attorney, in child pornography cases always files 40 second degree felony charges and intentionally runs up the Florida Sentencing guidelines, making people score for decades in prison.  In Sarasota and Manatee County, on a child pornography charge, you can get more prison time than on many violent contact crime felonies.  Did you know that with one click of a mouse a person can download dozens of pictures or videos which our State Attorney files as individual separate “Counts”.  The State does this on purpose here in Sarasota and Bradenton to force the judges to impose horrible sentences.  On a forty count charge the penalty can be six hundred years.  This is crazy. This is absolute guideline manipulation and is a practice that needs to stop.  It is crazy that here in Sarasota, that you will get more time for looking at a picture than committing a real contact crime.

The State Attorney mistakenly believes that people who look at pictures go on to molest kids.  That is absolutely not true but he and some of his assistants believe it.  The truth is that many people who look at child pornography do so because they were themselves sexually molested as kids.  Sadly, here in Sarasota, the judges so far have not taken any steps to curb this abuse.

As a Sarasota sex crime lawyer, I have tried to educate some of the prosecutors and help them understand a little more about why people look at child porn.  Their hands are tied by those at the top and even if they disagree, they always file forty counts and seek life in prison on men for just looking at pictures.  Things really need to change here in Sarasota.  In the meantime, as a child pornography lawyer I will keep fighting the fight not only to win the case but to convince the judges to impose fair sentences, and not life in prison. 

BitTorrent and other peer to peer file sharing programs are dangerous to use

Child pornography arrests are on the rise.  More and more people who use peer to peer file sharing programs have found themselves arrested for possession of child pornography or transmission of obscenity or transmission of Child pornography.

In almost every case, the person arrested has used a peer to peer file sharing program.  The prosecutors have taken the position that if you simply use a program like that, the fact that it defaults to “sharing” makes a person guilty of transmission of child pornography.  They claim that if you agree to the terms of use (which involves sharing) you are in effect transmitting.

It is possible to accidentally come across child porn when you are simply looking for or at adult porn.  Many people think that when you delete a video that it is gone.  That is simply not true.  Delete does not delete.  Many times the video simply goes into unallocated space on your computer and is recoverable by law enforcement computer programs.

All child porn images have a hash value.  That is like a fingerprint.  When a known image is sent or received, it triggers a report to law enforcement.  ICAC generates a report to local law enforcement that a particular IP address has either received or sent the illegal video.  Local law enforcement has a program that then targets your IP address and your computer and detectives can secretly come into your computer and extract the image.  When they do this, even without your knowledge, they then get a search warrant and execute it, seizing all electronic devices at that IP address.  The prosecutors then charge the person with transmitting child pornography, even if the person does not even know the image was extracted.  The simple answer is “Never even view temporarily any image that can possibly be child pornography”.  The best way to not get arrested is to never even look at anything that is even close to child pornography.  Adult porn is ok, but images of teens are prohibited.

A child pornography arrest is a terrible event.  Your arrest becomes public knowledge.  Many people are instantly terminated from their job.  Friends and relatives abandon them and they are scorned by the public.  This can happen even if the possession of child pornography was accidental or unintentional.  At the very moment such an image is coming to you, law enforcement can be extracting it.  They may see it on your computer even before you do.  Child pornography could be stopped entirely if instead of allowing the images to be transmitted, they were simply blocked.  If they can identify it and report it, they should be able to simply block it.

Child pornography convictions carry serious State prison sentences.  The Florida sentencing guidelines are manipulated by the prosecutors by the filing of multiply individual Counts.  In Sarasota County for example, in almost every case the prosecutors file 40 charges scoring the person for decades in prison.  The very simple answer is to simply not use a peer to peer file sharing program, even for something like downloading music or movies.  Most movies and music is protected by copyright anyway and you should not be downloading it.

As a Sex Crime Lawyer,I often encounter people who may have only viewed a few isolated images in the process of looking at adult porn.  It can happen.  Sadly, many of the “cleaning” programs for computers do not work.  I repeat, delete does not mean it is deleted.

Even if a video is deleted, law enforcement can still determine if it was ever there and if it was ever viewed.  Since the video has a hash value, it will be referenced in what they call a “Windows jump list” and law enforcement can tell the exact time and date it was on the screen.  Of course the answer is to never intentionally view kiddie porn, but accidents do happen.  When a person is looking at adult porn, many times the file name is deceptive.  A person may download a file with a particular name or description only to find out it is something else and is illegal.  Defending a child pornography case is difficult because of the public disgust and outrage that children are being sexually abused.  The person charged has an uphill battle in a jury trial and the lawyer defending that person really has to understand not only the law, but how the forensic detectives go about proving their case.  They still have to prove it was “you” behind the computer.  For that very reason, no one should ever consent to being “interviewed”.  You don’t want to go to jail over an accidently viewing.  In America, you have a right to remain silent.  Sadly, some people just don’t have the ability to keep their mouth shut.  If someone reads you your rights…shut up…and exercise your other very important right, that being, your right to have an attorney. 

If a warrant has been executed on your home, call a sex crime lawyer immediately.  Do not wait to get arrested.

Why are Child Pornography Arrests on the Rise in Florida?

Just this week, there were arrests in Polk County, Lee County and several other counties in Florida where men were charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.  These types of cases are on the rise because of new technology in the hands of law enforcement.  People continue to use peer to peer software to view kiddie porn and in doing so, unwittingly allow police to come into their computer without a search warrant.

When a child porn image is transmitted over the Internet, it is identified and reported to law enforcement by NCMEC.  All child porn video or still images have an identifiable “hash value”.  That is the same as a fingerprint.  In Sarasota County, and elsewhere, detectives are assigned to identify the location where images are sent.  They get a report from NCMEC showing the date and time of the transmission.  They then identify the IP address and proceed to get a search warrant.  It is like shooting fish in a barrel for the police.  Sarasota County leads the state in these types of cases.  In Sarasota County, the State Attorney has chosen to take an incredibly hard-line approach and in almost every instance charges 40-second degree felonies, running the guidelines to the point that most defendants face twenty years to life in prison.

In Sarasota County, most child pornography defendants face more time for looking at a video than committing a homicide.  Viewing child pornography is a treatable illness and sending someone to State prison for life is inhumane and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.  In Sarasota, the prosecutors simply do not care. 

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit the crime.  If somehow, you find yourself looking at this stuff, seek professional psychotherapy as soon as possible.  Viewing pornography and particularly child pornography can be addictive.  If you look at this material, you need professional mental health treatment before it is too late and you find yourself arrested and facing life in prison.  As a sex crime lawyer, over and over I see men getting arrested for child pornography as a result of what appears to be an Internet addiction.  Yes, you can get addicted to the Internet.  Yes, you can get addicted to viewing child pornography.  Get help immediately.

Most lawyers do not charge for an initial confidential consultation.  I can give you the names of several good psychologists and doctors that specialize in treating this addiction.

It is only a matter of time until you are caught.  Deleting it from your computer does not delete the fact that as you are looking at it, the police are secretly extracting it from your computer.  As you are receiving it, the police are downloading it from your computer and getting a warrant.  They have a law enforcement version of BitTorrent and Emule that hacks your computer and downloads images whether you are sitting at your computer or not.  The simple answer is, stop looking at this stuff.  If you have a child pornography addiction, get help before it is too late.

Child Pornography Arrests Continue in Sarasota County

Attorney Peter D. Aiken
Sex Crimes Defense

Capital Sex Crimes Defense Attorney Peter D Aiken


Ever since the Feds shut down Craigslist Casual Encounters and there has been a shift in the types of sex crime investigations, particularly here in Sarasota, Northport and Bradenton.

Local law enforcement has shifted its focus from Internet sex stings to investigating and prosecuting child pornography. The sad truth is that transmission of child pornography could be stopped or at least reduced by 95% by simply blocking its transmission. We need more crime prevention, instead of imprisoning men for looking at pictures or videos.

The State attorney in Sarasota and Manatee has a policy of filing as many charges as possible and seeking as long a sentence as is allowed in child pornography. There is a mistaken belief that men who look at kiddie porn images go on to commit crimes against children. In almost every case here in Sarasota, the State Attorney files 40 counts of second degree felonies. That runs up the sentencing guidelines, and runs up the punishment to 20 to 50 years in prison, simply for looking at something on a computer. So far, the judges have gone along with this policy and have imposed incredibly harsh sentences that constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Many of the men arrested are mentally challenged or have some degree of autism. I have represented many autistic defendants and have found that most of the prosecutors simply do not understand this mental condition. The police for sure do not, and target the low hanging fruit, in making unnecessary and often cruel arrests.

Sadly, many criminal defense lawyers do not understand how to defend a person with Autism. Often, the person has not been formally diagnosed with autism and has been simply run through the education system as a “special needs” student. Everyone knew he has a problem but no one ever formally diagnosed it. Defending the mentally challenged person is a challenge itself.
Why not just stop child porn transmission? Law enforcement routinely gets reports from the Internet providers each and every time a child pornography image is sent or received. Each child porn image has a “fingerprint” called a “hash value”. Law enforcement knows the second it is sent. Why not just pass a law that blocks it instead of letting it go through?

Instead, the police identify the IP address and the computer “signature” and set about to prosecute rather than prevent. The police have a program that allows them to secretly target a person’s IP address and to secretly enter a person’s computer and download images. They can view and download the child pornography image at the exact moment the person is receiving it. The police may get the image even before the person sees it. The person may have never even seen it by the time they get arrested. All of this could be prevented

As a child pornography criminal defense lawyer I have tried to educate the State Attorney and the local judges as to the terrible inequities of the harsh policy presently being followed. It is my personal belief that many of the men who look at this stuff do so because of sexual abuse they suffered as a child. It is a treatable illness that needs treatment, not imprisonment.

Crime prevention is more important than crime detection and crime punishment. If you prevent it, you don’t need to detect it or prosecute it.

No one in Sarasota County law enforcement seems to understand that.

I welcome your comments and if you have questions about child pornography situations, give me a call at 941 366 3506