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Using a Computer to Solicitate Sex with a Minor

Using a Computer to Solicitate Sex with a Minor

Computer sex crimes are on the rise in Florida. Society has taken a strong stance against those who commit crimes against children or those under the age of 18 years old. This societal stance of “lock them up and throw away the key” is especially true when men try to engage with minors for sex. We have all watched the television show To Catch a Predator. We understand how cunning and convincing some people are when trying to engage with children and those under the age of 18 years old for sex. But what about when an adult is chatting on the computer with another adult and the second adult is the parent of a child, or at least seems to be, who wants to trade money for sex with… […]

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Using Backpage and Craiglist to Catch Alleged Predators

If you think going on backpage.com or craigslist.com to pick up prostitutes is safe or fun, think again. Many men, and, to a lesser extent women, have gone onto websites like backpage.com and craigslist.com to find a date and have wound up in jail. Sheriff’s Offices through Florida patrol and use fake posts in the leading websites to nail unsuspecting, would-be paying men and women for sex with the ladies and guys of the night. There is also a bigger problem lurking in the “big two” websites: Unscrupulous law enforcement officers, who will start up a chat with the customer looking for sex, and turn the conversation of a person who would otherwise never consider sex with a child into a conversation about child pornography or meeting up with an… […]

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Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Jury selection begins today for former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola, facing juvenile sex charges. In July 2012, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx set Lopicola’s bail at $130,000 and ordered he have no contact with the alleged victims in the case or anyone under the age of 18. She also ordered he have no access to the Internet or possess any device that allows him access to the Internet. The former WPTV Channel 5 weekend meteorologist faces charges including sexual activity with minors, lewd and lascivious battery, computer pornography and child exploitation. The charges stem from separate and multiple encounters Lopicola is accused of having with two teenagers between August 2010 and April 2011 after meeting them through Craigslist ads. Full story,  source Types Of Sex Crimes A number… […]

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Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

A Lake Park man was arrested Saturday on charges he broke into a Riviera Beach home earlier in the week and sexually assaulted a woman. Police received reports that Clayton Phillips, 33, broke into the home Wednesday evening and attacked the woman, Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Sunday. U.S. marshals found him at another address Saturday and turned him over to detectives, she said. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday on multiple counts of sexual assault, home invasion with a weapon, kidnapping/false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a weapon and several other charges, according to the sheriff’s website. Source Sexual violence is any type of sex act performed or attempted without the victim’s consent. This can include intercourse or attempted intercourse, physical touching, or… […]

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Arrested For Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

Arrested For Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sting on Prostitutes and John’s went into high gear in May 2013, with more than 100 criminal defendants’s arrested for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. Prostitution means to provide the body for sexual activity for hire, but excludes activity between spouses. Prostitution can be accomplished by any form of payment to the individual providing their body for hire. As most realize, the easiest form of payment is money; but are you aware that a “quid pro quo” or “this for that” can also satisfy the Florida Prostitution statute. For instance, if someone provides a “ride” in exchange for sexual activity or provides another “drugs” in exchange to hire the other for sexual activity, the provider of the “ride” or “drugs” is guilty of the… […]

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Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

Charged With Attempting To Engage Minor in Sex

A 28-year-old Canadian who told who he thought was a 15-year-old boy that he was new in town from Canada is now new in the Palm Beach County Jail. Jonathan R. Vanstone, of Wellington, faces a federal charge of attempted enticement or inducement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Through the Internet application Grindr, Vanstone messaged an undercover law enforcement officer acting as a 15-year-old boy on four different occasions, according to agents with Homeland Security Investigations. On March 13, the officer responded for the first time to Vanstone’s messages who was using a screen name “Here’s Johnny,” according to a federal criminal complaint. The profile used by the officer was of a pretend 15-year-old boy. The profile’s main picture was of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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Florida Sexual Battery Case

Florida Sexual Battery Case

Sexual battery is an unwanted form of contact with an intimate part of the body that is made for purposes of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse. Sexual battery may occur whether the victim is clothed or not. It is a crime, which varies by state laws, so local laws should be consulted. A charge of sexual battery in Florida against a victim older than 12 years where a weapon or actual physical force was not used can be charged as a felony of the 1st or 2nd degree depending on several factors. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to assess your case. If you are identified for committing a crime you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the taint and has experience… […]

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Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Henry and Lherrisson, both 22, each face multiple counts of sexual battery, robbery and false imprisonment. Their attorneys Andrew Stine and Josh Leroy in opening statements to jurors in the trial Monday said the victims’ stories were inconsistent. For a full report please visit Palm Beach Post article. Stine in his questioning of one of the teens asked him over and over again what happened to the clothes he was forced to strip out of that afternoon “You wouldn’t know to give your clothes over to police for evidence, because that’s something that you would expect law enforcement to know to do, wouldn’t you?” he asked the teen. “Yes,” the teen answered.” Investigators arrested Henry soon after the February 2010 incident, and a day later they arrested then 17-year-old Spencer… […]

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First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

According to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Florida has been identified as a hub for this abhorrent illegal activity. Florida has been cited as having the one of the highest rates of human trafficking activity in the country. According to the FCAHT website, there are approximately 27 million people in the world enslaved by the human trafficking trade. About 2.5 million of those people live here in the United States. While Florida has a very high rate of trafficking activity, Key West has not been on the radar. Now, a Key West man has been arrested for sex trafficking, putting Key West in the spotlight. Sex Trafficking in Key West Key West brings a huge influx of tourism and vacationers to Florida throughout the year. With constant activity and… […]

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Sex Offenders Moving In Causes Eviction for Other Residents

When a person is convicted of a sex crime, after serving the sentence in prison, the defendant must register as a sex offender immediately after release. Sex offender registration is a public record. Anyone who requests this information as access to it including potential employers, landowners, fellow residents, or even school officials. Being a registered sex offender severely limits one’s freedom and ability to make independent choices. While this can be difficult for the offender, what happens to those people who co-exist in the communities with sex offenders? Sex Offender Migration in Pahokee Sex offenders that have been released after serving their sentences have an extremely difficult time setting up lives for themselves. Being a registered sex offender is public knowledge and can limit even the most basic freedoms including… […]

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