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How New Legalization May be Passed Restricting Sex Offenders

How New Legalization May be Passed Restricting Sex Offenders

Even though there is already legislation to invoke consequences on sexual predators and sex offenders, many victims still feel as if they did not receive justice. A lot of times, sex offenders don’t complete their sentences and often end up reverting back to their behavior after serving their sentences. Brittany Carleo is a victim that not only never received justice for the crimes committed against her, but she lost her life during the process as well. In 2006, then 17, Carleo was involved with a 42-year-old Scott Uslan who sexually assaulted her after he supplied her with drugs and alcohol. “He was calling her on an obsessive basis and texting her incessantly,” Barbara Martin said, her legal guardian. According to WPTV News, Martin worked tirelessly to get a restraining order… […]

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What is Lewd or Lascivious Battery?

What is Lewd or Lascivious Battery?

Of all the sex crimes committed, sexual battery and sexual molestation are the most widely reported. It is rare to see cases of lewd or lascivious battery in the news. However, this week’s case involves a former Vero Beach Police Officer and lewd and lascivious battery. What is Lewd or Lascivious Battery? According to Florida law, lewd or lascivious battery is when a person engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age or encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity. This crime is a felony of the second degree. The Crime According to WPTV News, the lewd or… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged with Molestation

What To Do If You Have Been Charged with Molestation

Sexual molestation is one of the most difficult crimes to prosecute, especially when the perpetrator is a person in a position of trust of the victim. The victim often feels either guilt or fear in speaking out and so the assaults can continue and go unnoticed. In West Palm Beach, a girl’s flag football team coach, Robert Gomez, is charged with molesting a child. According to an article in WPTV News, the alleged incident happened at Gomez’s home in early December, 2010. The victim, had stayed the night because she was friends with Gomez’s two daughters. About 10 days later, the family of the alleged victim filed a restraining order against Gomez. According to the police report, Gomez blamed his actions on the night of the alleged incident on alcohol… […]

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What To Do After Being Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution

What To Do After Being Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution

According to My Fox Tampa Bay, 12 women were arrested in Lakeland Thursday for soliciting prostitution. The arrests were actually a result from residents calling in complaints about prostitution activity. Complaints are usually one of the most common ways arrests are made during prostitution stings. The prostitution sting resulted in 12 arrests made by undercover Polk County detectives. Deputies report that eight of the 12 women arrested have already been charged with prostitution on at least three separate occasions. Those suspects were charged with third or subsequent offense to solicit prostitution. “Our message is clear: to those who think prostitution is harmless or a ‘victimless crime’ – it is not,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement released by his office. “Many of these women we arrested have several other… […]

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How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

How Serious is the Law Against Possession of Child Pornography?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a 27-year-old Lake Worth man is facing charges for possession of child pornography, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe. The Palm Beach County Sexual Predator Enforcement Unit announced that Odson Francois was arrested at his home on Wednesday. Detectives reported finding, on Francois’ home computer, images and videos showing children involved in sex acts. The investigative report states a forensic review revealed 14 of the 20 downloaded files were videos. In a recorded police statement, Francois indicated he downloaded the pornography containing images of children, that he knew it was wrong and that he was sorry, according to the police report. He was tracked down by detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which first traced… […]

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What is the Distribution of Obscene Materials?

What is the Distribution of Obscene Materials?

A Colorado man who wrote a how-to guide for pedophiles is scheduled for his first appearance in a Florida court. Phillip Greaves of Pueblo, Colo., is charged with violating Florida’s obscenity law, a third-degree felony. A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. The 47-year-old was arrested Monday in Colorado. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd claims jurisdiction because Greaves sold and mailed a copy of his horrifying book directly to undercover deputies who had requested a copy and paid $50. Florida’s obscenity law prohibits the “distribution of obscene material depicting minors engaged in conduct harmful to minors.” Greaves is being held at the Polk County Jail. He told local media on Tuesday that he “only has sex with grown-ups” and that his book falls under his constitutional right to free speech.… […]

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Why Sexual Battery of a Minor Will Cost You Your Life in Prison

Why Sexual Battery of a Minor Will Cost You Your Life in Prison

A WPTV News article posted last Friday describes the gruesome case of a 3-month old baby boy now in critical condition after suffering severe injuries from sexual assault. Detectives for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office charged Jermaine Williams, 23, of Vero Beach with capital sexual battery and aggravated child abuse Thursday. He was being held without bail at the Indian River County Jail. Family members took the infant to Indian River Medical Center after discovering his injuries about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the affidavit states. Detectives said Williams had care of the child alone during the time of the attack. The boy was flown to St. Mary’s Children Hospital in West Palm Beach. Williams faced four charges in 2006 for sexual battery on a child under the age of 12,… […]

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How Sexual Battery Can Happen Anywhere

How Sexual Battery Can Happen Anywhere

According to the Palm Beach Post, a man was arrested Friday for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. When questioned by police, the man responded that the girl was his girlfriend and he was on his honeymoon. Isaias Salas Morales, 36, was arrested on kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He was taken into custody without any resistance or incident. The girl told her mother after the incident that Morales had sexually battered her in his home, according to the Palm Beach Post. The girl reported to police that she was walking past Morales’ home on 43rd Street when he grabbed her from behind and muffled her with his hand. He then dragged the girl into his home and into his bedroom. When she tried to call her mother he… […]

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How a Megachurch Pastor is Being Accused of Sexual Abuse

According to an article in the Palm Bach Post, a megachurch pastor is being accused of coercing various men into sexual relationships. Although loved as a pastor and father figure, Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, GA has been called a “predator,” and a “monster. According to Atlanta’s Fox TV affiliate WAGA, Jamal Parris, one of the young men suing Long, said “this man turned his back on us when he had no more need for us. That’s not a father, that’s a predator.” Parris, 23, is one of four men suing the TV preacher in state court, claiming that he abused his “spiritual authority” and gave them cars, clothes, cash and trips to lure them into sexual relationships while they were teen members… […]

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What Do I Do If I Have Been Charged With Sexual Assault?

What Do I Do If I Have Been Charged With Sexual Assault?

If you have been arrested and charged with sexual assault, the first and most important thing you have to do is contact a criminal defense lawyer. Having a criminal defense lawyer on your side it the smartest and most effective way to build your case. Case Study According to an article written by Eliot Kleinberg, a writer for the Palm Beach Post, a 17-year-old girl came forward with a horrifying story. The article is transcribed below: A shoving match erupted this morning after a bond hearing for a man accused of raping a girl more than 50 times, starting when she was about 11. The girl gave birth to Rafael Remize Allen’s child on July 29, two days before she came forward, according to a report. Friends and relatives of… […]

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