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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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