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Sex Crimes Operation “e-Guardian” arrests 15

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...

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Orlando paper: 37-year-old man caught in bed with pregnant teen

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. The man was in Volusia County jail this morning after law enforcement officers went to a house and found the man in bed with a pregnant 17-year-old. The man had...

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Orlando TV coverage of sex crime accusation found wanting

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. We were reminded of this pattern when Orange County deputies recently arrested...

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Backpages Continue to Lead To Prostitution Arrests

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...

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Florida lawmakers to revisit sex crime laws next session

Florida is known for its tough sex offender registration and general sentencing laws. However, some Florida lawmakers do not believe that existing laws related to sex crimes are strict enough. As a result, many lawmakers are vowing to introduce bills during the next legislative session designed to punish convicted offenders more severely. In particular, some state legislators are concerned...

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Plea deal develops in Florida ‘Juliet and Juliet’ teen sex case

A recent high-profile case in Florida is illustrating just how complex teenage romance can become when young people decide to become physically intimate with each other. The defendant in this high-profile case has received a great deal of support from around the nation for one interesting reason. She is an 18-year-old charged with sex crimes related to an intimate...

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Orlando Police arrest 7 people during prostitution sting

Accusations of committing a sex crime always carries a serious social stigma — no matter whether or not a person is convicted. Protecting reputations is one of the reasons why it can be beneficial to pursue a strong criminal defense. Not long ago, police busted six women and one man for prostitution near Orlando’s South Blossom Trail. Reports indicate...

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Protecting inmates from rape is a critical priority

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Last year, the Justice Department finally released a list of prevention measures that prisons and jails receiving federal money must follow as a measure of enforcing this law. In essence, the 2003 law both insists on a zero tolerance policy with regards to inmate rape and on the implementation of...

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Does forcing teens onto sex offender registries benefit society?

The criminal justice system generally seeks to balance the safety of the public with the rights of those who have been accused or convicted of criminal activity. When individuals are convicted of sex crimes, many are compelled to register with state and federal officials in the name of public safety. These offenders have their names, residences, personal information and...

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Federal sex crime registration law needs to be modified: Part II

Earlier this week, we began discussing federal oversight of sex offender registration and reporting. Generally, individuals convicted of certain sex crimes are required to tell state officials where they are residing and working. A change in address must be reported to the state. However, some offenders required to register fail to do so when they move to a new...

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