We noted a few months ago that some Florida lawmakers have vocalized that reforming the state’s sex offender laws is going to be a priority for them during the 2014 legislative session. It seems that many more have jumped on this legislative bandwagon. Specifically, many Florida lawmakers are concerned that too many individuals convicted of sex crimes are reoffending once they have been released from custody.
The case of a woman named Amy may help to set the stage for the kinds of restitution that individuals convicted of possessing child pornography could be required to pay victims. This month, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the Amy case. Amy was sexually assaulted by her uncle when she was a child. The images that her uncle produced and distributed are some of the most popular child pornography images in the world.
If an individual is charged with prostitution or soliciting prostitution in Florida, he or she faces the possibility of criminal consequences if there is a conviction, in addition to the likelihood of personal and professional repercussions. After a recent online prostitution sting by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, 80 people now face this possibility. Local deputies conducted the operation between Dec. 12 and 15.
Recent cases filed in Florida court ask important questions about a seemingly straightforward sex crime law. In the majority of states, including Florida, it is considered a sex crime to have sexual intercourse with a partner if you have a sexually transmitted disease and have not disclosed this information to your sexual partner. This law seems fairly straightforward at first glance.
The juvenile justice system operates under the principle that children who commit illegal acts are uniquely capable of rehabilitation and are uniquely deserving of a second chance at living a life free of crime. Unfortunately, even placing children within the juvenile justice system can affect them negatively for life. And in many cases, children are transferred to the adult system and face devastating drug, violence and sex crime charges that can lead to a life imprisoned or otherwise compromised.
Law enforcement sex crimes units just announced 25 arrests for traveling to meet a minor in the Tampa area. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) combined forces with the Department of Homeland security, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office. FDLE is reporting that the majority of those accused have been arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor for sex, traveling to meet a minor for sex, sending harmful material to a minor and unlawful use of two-way device. If the accused are convicted as charged, they are facing significant prison time and the requirements of a registered sex offender.
Orlando news outlets are reporting that a Deltona man, 37, has been arrested and charged with sexual activity with a minor and a probation violation regarding sex offender registration.
When an allegation of a sex crime has been made and a suspect has been arrested, Orlando TV stations will often give the arrest sensationalist coverage. A subsequent release of a suspect or an acquittal at trial is typically given far less coverage, if any at all.
In 2010 this blog reported that Backages.com was becoming the new Craigslist.com when it came to "adult services" on the web. Well two years later and it still looks like backpages.com has continued down this road. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that a landlord was suspicious of people coming to a tennant's apartment. Law enforcement was notified and discovered that the tennant was advertising hourly sessions for body rubs for $200/ hour which was later determined by the investigation to be more then a rub and sexual in nature.