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Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Experts are saying where the demand is, that’s where the supply will be. Leading news reporters and experts on criminal trends are reporting that when large nationwide events occur, a spike in criminal activity is likely to happen. Law enforcement officers are turning their eyes away from Super Bowl XLVI this weekend in order to focus on potential criminal activity, likely to happen wherever large groups of people congregate for this special event. Super Bowl Leads to Crime in Palm Beach Dan Corcoran, a reporter for WPTV News Channel 5, wrote in his post yesterday: “While final preparations are being made ahead of Super Bowl XLVI, law enforcement from Florida and elsewhere is honing in on the potential for a spike in child sex trafficking. The federal government reports that… […]

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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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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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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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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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