Law Enforcement’s Use of Sexting to Entrap Innocent People into a
People love the show “To Catch a Predator.” It makes them feel
good to think that law enforcement has the legitimate capability of catching
a predatory sex offender in the act of literally pursuing his or her prey.
However, in the age of sexting and online dating, law enforcement has begun
to take this concept further than that which was originally intended by
the popular TV show. Police, Sheriff’s Departments, special tasks
forces and the like are taking otherwise adult conversations - between,
and manipulating them into situations that constitute allegations of sex
offenses against people who otherwise are not predisposed to the predatory
nature of certain types of sexual offenders.
These circumstances arise when law enforcement take one parties phone in
a usually innocent adult sexual conversation, and then begin making advances
or proposals or even going so far as to mysteriously change the age of
the other person on the phone to that of a juvenile. At that point, the
trap is set.
As opposed to calling the individual on the other line and having a conversation
with him or her about the legal and legitimate adult exchange, the government
creates an illegal situation and then lays in wait for the otherwise innocent
individual to “take the bait.”
At Martin & Stone, LLC, our managing partner and lead criminal defense
attorney, Adam Stone understands the nuances of an entrapment case such
as is outlined above. Our litigation team – which includes an in-house
investigator – prepares each case with an eye on every detail of
each report and a relentless pursuit of all relevant facts, witnesses,
videos, recordings, interviews and other evidence that is available. All
with the goal of providing the best, most effective defense to get our
clients home to their families as soon as possible.
It is imperative that those individuals who may be under investigation
or under arrest for any type of sexually oriented offense immediately
assert their right to remain silent and their right to an attorney. It
does not matter whether he or she actually committed any crime, remaining
silent until he or she has spoken with a competent criminal defense attorney
is often the difference in finding the truth and/or successfully asserting
a defense to such charges in either State or Federal Court.
Convictions for sexually oriented offenses can lead to prolonged incarceration
in state prison and mandatory sex offender reporting, loss of employment,
loss of the right to vote and loss of the right to carry a firearm –
just to name a few.
Martin & Stone, LLC is conveniently located in Bucyrus, Ohio –
equidistant to federal and state courts in Northcentral Ohio. Our managing
partner and lead criminal defense attorney, Adam Stone, represents individuals
throughout Crawford, Seneca, Wyandot County and all over Northcentral
Ohio; as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Ohio and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In
fact, he has even been accepted to practice pro hac vice in the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
If you are under investigation for a sexually oriented offense, or if you
have a loved one incarcerated for a sexually oriented offense anywhere
in Ohio or across the country in federal holding, we invite you to contact
us today for a