(1) A law enforcement officer, a person engaged in cooperation with a law enforcement officer, or a person acting as an agent of a law enforcement officer perpetrates an entrapment if, for the purpose of obtaining evidence of the commission of a crime, he or she induces or encourages and, as a direct result, causes another person to engage in conduct constituting such crime by employing methods of persuasion or inducement which create a substantial risk that such crime will be committed by a person other than one who is ready to commit it.
The Florida Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force (as well as other agencies in Florida) is alleging that they investigate and prosecute only people that are using the internet to prey on children. However, the truth is they are manufacturing crime and enticing innocent people by going to places on the internet where people are already talking about sex or may even already be actively looking for sex, but not with children. Examples of such activities that constitute the entrapment are:
Placing ads on Craigslist in the ADULT personals section advertising sex.Setting up fake profiles on dating websites such as OKCupid which is a dating site for ADULTS.
The people that the “law enforcement” agencies in Florida are arresting are innocent because they were not seeking for minors to have sexual encounters with. It is obvious because the stings are not even being performed in minor oriented websites and “law enforcement” agencies such as the Polk County Sheriff's Office blatantly lie and tell the public that the stings were performed in minor oriented websites just to give the impression of guilt.
The “law enforcement” officials are ONLY using the principle of first contact to assert that these stings do not constitute entrapment but they are sadly mistaken. They incorrectly operate under the assumption that as long as these “criminals” contact them first, they can induce and encourage these individuals any way they want to. The officers are not only portraying themselves as minors, but they are portraying themselves as willing participants in sexual communications encouraging the “illegal” activity. These circumstances DO NOT constitute a violation of the child solicitation statute as stated in Cashatt.
…sexually oriented communication on a computer on-line service which is viewed by a child is not a violation of the statute unless the sender of the communication “knowingly” attempts by the communication to seduce the child.
The fact of the matter is, you cannot seduce the willing. Also, when it comes to sexual communication, what kind of communication do the “law enforcement” officials expect when they visit ADULT chat rooms or place ads advertising for sex, talks about the weather? Finally, what else are these so called “criminals” being bribed with other than sex, maybe money?
WAKE UP FLORIDA! The statistics alone on child molestation cases prove that there is something wrong with these internet stings. Far too many arrests are being made and far too many of the people being arrested are just average citizens. STOP BEING LIED TO by overzealous “law enforcement” agencies that don’t care who they arrest as long as they can make them LOOK guilty!
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)16th President of the United States of America
It is difficult, if not impossible, for most people to think otherwise than in the fashion of their own period.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Saint Joan, preface (1923)
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 1776
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:45 (King James Version)
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Romans 14:13 (King James Version)