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Professional Golfer, Swim Coach, and 38 Others Arrested in Osceola Sex Sting

Professional Golfer, Swim Coach, and 38 Others Arrested in Osceola Sex Sting

When law enforcement comes together from multiple counties and pool their resources for a huge investigation, the resulting arrests usually make headlines. In this case, a professional golfer, a swim coach, and 38 other people have been arrested for attempting to seduce children to commit sex acts by engaging in conversations online. The defendants all believed they were speaking with the child or with the child’s parent when in reality, they were chatting with undercover police officers. The Charges There were 40 people arrested in the Osceola sex sting, and the suspects face a variety of charges, including: traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts using a computer to solicit a child or parent and, for some, attempted lewd and lascivious battery of a child These charges are… […]

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How More School Teachers are Being Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

How More School Teachers are Being Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

With former Pennsylvania State University Football Coach Jerry Sandusky all over the media for sexual misconduct and sexually assaulting minor boys, the audience and the law are paying much closer attention to school officials’ contact with students. There has been a very significant rise in arrests and accusations of school teachers and officials engaging in sexual misconduct with Palm Beach County students. Is it the media that’s helping these crimes to surface? Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault by School Officials News reports are pouring out by the minute from the State College, Pennsylvania area. Former PSU Football Coach Jerry Sandusky’s name has been plastered all over every media outlet for one of the biggest scandals a university has faced in years. Sandusky is facing several counts of sexual assault against… […]

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How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?

How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?

Parents send their children to schools entrusting the teachers and administration to provide their children with a safe, harm-free environment. While teachers cannot protect students from every potential threat, it is especially alarming to see the rise in sexual misconduct against children happening in Palm Beach County schools. The case of Carol Flannigan in 2004 helped shed light on the reality that our children are not always safe in school. Sexual Misconduct against Children in Palm Beach County WPTV News recently reported that dozens of teachers have been fired for allegedly sexually engaging students since 2006. According to the report, in 2004, former Boynton Beach music teacher Carol Flannigan was arrested after admitting to having sex with a 5th grader. “I’ve tried to fight my feelings for you,” Flannigan said… […]

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Who Reports Child Abuse?

Who Reports Child Abuse?

Child abuse or neglect in Florida is an extremely serious crime. If you are accused of child abuse, you could be facing a serious misdemeanor or felony charge. A child in the state of Florida is defined as someone under the age of 18 years old. Abuse can be anything from physical harm, sexual harm, emotional harm, or even the threat of imminent danger. Child abuse is usually reported when a witness of some kind reports suspicion to the Department of Children and Families. Child Abuse in Boynton Beach According to WPTV News, a man in Boynton Beach was arrested on Monday and charged with child abuse. He was caught by surveillance cameras punching his daughter in the eye by Boynton Beach High School. Terry Devon Adderley, 35, posted a… […]

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How Police Catch Possessors of Child Pornography

How Police Catch Possessors of Child Pornography

One of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes across the country is possession of child pornography. Florida lawmakers have even passed a motion to increase the sentence if the illicit material depicts children under the age of five. Child pornography is an extremely serious crime that can land the defendant five years in prison per image in possession. Child Pornography Possession in Hollywood A Hollywood, Fla. man is facing some serious time in prison after officers with a South Florida task force arrested him on Wednesday for possessing more than 700 images of child pornography on his home computer. According to WPTV News, members of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force forced their way into the home of Charlie Kramer and his housemate Harve Michael White, 58, with… […]

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What Will Happen if I’m Convicted for a Sex Crime Against a Minor?

What Will Happen if I’m Convicted for a Sex Crime Against a Minor?

Crimes against children are the most aggressively prosecuted within the justice system. One crime against children that is considered the most severe is attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity through the use of a computer – especially if the perpetrator is a registered sex offender. Convicted Again as a Registered Sex Offender According to the Palm Beach Post, a 68-year-old man has been convicted of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Mark Levinson of West Palm Beach is a registered sex offender who had previously been convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl. He has now been found guilty of using a computer to try and entice an 8-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity, according to the post. He… […]

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How Undercover Police Catch Solicitors of Prostitution

How Undercover Police Catch Solicitors of Prostitution

Solicitation of prostitution is a practice that has been around for centuries. It is a crime difficult to detect without assistance from witnesses. Undercover police officers are also a common way to catch solicitors of prostitution. Over Easter weekend in Tampa, a woman was arrested for trying to buy the services of a prostitute for her 80-year-old father. The supposed prostitute was actually an undercover cop. The article below is from WPTV News Channel 5: TAMPA – A 51-year-old woman tried to buy her 80-year-old father the services of a prostitute over Easter weekend, Tampa police said. Police arrested the pair, who listed their hometown as Dubuque, Iowa, on Nebraska Avenue, an area of Tampa known for prostitution activity. According to the arrest affidavit, 51-year-old Pia Kirchberg offered an undercover… […]

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What is the Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography?

What is the Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography?

Possessing child pornography is one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes out there on both the state and federal level. Florida lawmakers are even pressing to increase the sentence if the material depicts a child under the age of five. Child Pornography Crimes in South Florida In Port St. Lucie, Sheriff’s investigators used a battering ram to open the front door of Joseph D. Baldino’s home Friday night. Baldino, 30, has been arrested and is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography based on 10 videos and still images found on Baldino’s laptop computer showing girls ages 4 to 12 in obscene poses, according to WPTV News. He is being held in jail for a $250,000 bond. Baldino’s father was arrested for resisting arrest without violence and has been… […]

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How Special Needs Children May be Targets for Sexual Battery

How Special Needs Children May be Targets for Sexual Battery

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County bus aide is facing serious charges. He has been accused of sexual battery for exposing himself and inappropriately touching a little girl riding the bus on Tuesday afternoon. The Details Thony Desir, 39, has admitted to inappropriately touching a young girl and exposing himself, according to police. The victim, a young special needs child in elementary school, told her mother what had happened the following day. Police were called immediately. Desir’s family had been waiting for him to return home all evening, as he does just about everyday. However, Wednesday was different because he was being booked into jail. According to the article, an affidavit says the sexual battery occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on the school… […]

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Is Text Messaging Sexual Pictures to Minors a Felony?

Is Text Messaging Sexual Pictures to Minors a Felony?

According to an article in WPTV News, a 42-year-old band teacher from Allapattah Flats K-8 was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of sending photos of his genitalia from his cell phone to a 14-year-old females student of his. What happened Police served a search warrant at Dennis A. Mulder’s home Tuesday in an attempt to find the photos, where they were taken, and the cell phone they were taken with. Mulder’s cell phone was immediately seized and the background of the lewd pictures matched certain areas of Mulder’s home. His charge is two felony counts of transmission of material harmful to minor by electronic equipment. There were text messages exchanged between Mulder and the 14-year-old victim that may raise some eyebrows. Mulder sent the girl a text messages reading “Secret:… […]

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