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.

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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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