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Consequences of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida is a Felony of the 3rd degree. As a 3rd Degree Felony, the crime of failing to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to 5 years in department of corrections. The elements of the criminal act for failing to register as a sex offender are: (i) the accused must fit into the class of individuals known as a “sex offender” required to register under section 943.0435; (ii) the accused must have knowledge that he or she is obligated to register under the provisions of section 943.0435; and (iii) the accused has fulfilled the required time period of the many provisions of the statute, as it refers to living arrangements, within the State of Florida. Failure to register as… […]

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Florida Convicted Sex Offenders

Florida Convicted Sex Offenders

David Wayne Carter, a convicted sex offender, is currently in Palm Beach County jail on $150,000 bail. Carter was arrested on Monday after reports came that he sexually abused a teenage girl for the past 5 years. Carter is facing charges of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation. According to sheriff’s investigators, interview with Carter during custody proceedings ended when he refused to submit to a voice stress analysis and requested an attorney. Source, full story A sex offender is a person who has committed a sex crime. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature; however, some sex… […]

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School Teachers and Sex Crimes

School Teachers and Sex Crimes

It seems that almost once a week, one Florida teacher or another is headlining news reports after being arrested for some sex crime against a child. Only recently, it was a teacher in Palm Beach County, this week it is an elementary school teacher in Mango, Fla. Sex crimes against children are extremely serious and have even more serious consequences. These crimes often involve a heavy investigation and no room for mercy for the defendants. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a minor, seek the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Why Teachers Have Sex with Their Students In an effort to understand why there are so many teachers being featured in news articles for having had sexual relationships with their students, I conducted… […]

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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 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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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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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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How a Jupiter Man Avoided Registering as a Sex Offender

How a Jupiter Man Avoided Registering as a Sex Offender

According to an article written by Rochelle Ritchie, a columnist for WPTV News Channel 5, a 20-year-old Jupiter man avoided a 140 year imprisonment sentence for accidentally viewing child pornography 3 to 4 years ago. Michael Morris Booth was sent an email containing child pornography from a friend. He confessed viewing the photos when he received them to the police. When police began the investigation, the computer was broken and in the closet. The judge allowed Booth to walk. Booth will volunteer 30 hours a week with the state attorney’s office and will talk to adults and children at local schools advocating the awareness of child porn and computer safety. His defense attorney, Marc Shiner, said he was given a huge break, One mistake, a few minutes of your life,… […]

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