Sex Crime Arrests in Sarasota Every Week

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If you follow the arrest reports here in Sarasota, you will see that almost once a week someone here gets arrested for some type of sex offense.

Sex crimes are not limited to the underprivileged, the ghetto or the uneducated.

Many of the people charged with possession of child pornography are well educated and articulate. In my opinion, viewing child pornography is a form of illness. The State attorney here in Sarasota has taken a scorched earth position when it comes to child pornography. The simple fact is that with the click of a mouse, a person can download hundreds of pornographic images of minors. The State Attorney here charges one second degree felony for each image. They intentionally run up the sentencing guidelines and the maximum penalties where men arrested for child porn face on average three centuries in prison and a minimum of thirty years in the Department of corrections.

This is just wrong.

Many of the men who look at this stuff were victims themselves in their childhood. Many have looked at it out of curiosity. The prosecutors have the misconception that if someone looks at child pornography, they go on to molest children. Every statistic demonstrates that this belief is simply untrue. True or not, the prosecutors have been convinced, and actually believe it, and go at these cases with a zealot type approach. The punishments being handed out are disproportionate to the crime. You can get more State prison time for simply looking at a picture than actually soliciting a minor on the Internet or traveling to meet a minor for sex. You will get more time for looking at a picture than in some cases manslaughter. You can cause a death and get less time than for looking at a picture.

As a sex crime lawyer handling cases all over the west coast of Florida I have been fighting and trying to convince the judges that the system is being manipulated and the guidelines artificially inflated to get long sentences.

In some cases there are legal defenses. Judge Riva was recently affirmed by the Second District Court of Appeal where she suppressed a confession. There has to be a limit on what the police are permitted to do. That is what makes us a free society. We live in times where many feel the police are not there to protect and serve but there to unfairly enforce the law. Thank God we still have juries and the presumption of innocence, although in sex cases, everyone is presumed guilty by the public. If you have questions or comments, call 941 366 3506

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Another Child Porn Sting in Polk County

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Just yesterday another child pornography sex sting was announced in Polk County.

There were nine arrests with one more to come soon. This was the latest operation called operation “Child Shield 3”. It is the culmination of a month long operation that included search warrants. One of the men was a grade school teacher and others work in the Disney area. As a Florida Child Pornography sting lawyer I track most of the arrests throughout Florida. I have handled kiddie porn cases for over thirty years. Not all criminal defense lawyers really understand how to defend these types of cases. There are technical defenses that can be raised. One of the issues soon to be litigated is the manner in which the police come into your computer without your consent.

If a person is using a file sharing program, the police can tap into that person’s computer without their knowledge. Even if the person disables the “sharing” function, every time the computer is cut back on, it defaults to sharing. The police have a program that constantly knocks for access on the computer. When the computer boots up, the file sharing program defaults to “sharing”, and the police program accesses the files in the suspect’s computer. The police then identify the IP address and get a search warrant. When they come in with the warrant, they have another program that can instantly identify child porn on any storage device.

The police still have to prove who was sitting at the computer. They will try and bully the suspect into confessing. Absent a confession, it could be anybody who had access to the suspect computer. The penalties for child pornography are as Trump would say “HUGE”.

If a loved one has been arrested for possession or transmission of child pornography and you want to talk to a criminal defense lawyer who understands the technology and the defenses, Call 941 366 3506 for a free confidential consultation


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Suicide is Not the Way Out

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As a criminal defense lawyer, over the years, I have seen people facing prison give up hope and kill themselves. Many years ago, in Ft. Lauderdale, a young man facing prison shot himself with a .22 pistol and bled out talking to 911. Listening to that call was horrific. I know of a situation in Ft. Myers where a man, jointly charged with his wife, took his own life in the mistaken belief he could take all of the blame and save his wife with a confession to the crime. Recently, I know of another person who hung himself just before court. All of the suicides were acts of desperation. People facing decades in prison are desperate. Never give up hope.

When it comes to sex crimes, some of the prosecutor’s offices have a scorched earth policy and seek maximum penalties on all sex crimes. They simply do not understand the statistics when it comes to some of the offenses. Child pornography is a good example. The prosecutors believe that if someone looks at pictures or videos, they will go on to have sex with a minor. That is simply not true. In reality, only a small fraction of people who view kiddie porn go on to act on it. Look at all the people doing basically life sentences on drug trafficking charges. Does the punishment really fit the crime? We have more people in prison in America than any other County in the world. We need to take a long close look at our laws and find alternatives to long prison sentences. Those types of sentences should be reserved for only those offenders who truly are a danger to the public. Putting a man in prison for thirty years for simply looking at pictures is barbaric. The judges need to be educated and the prosecutors need to get a better grip on reality and not pander to the public. Maybe a good start would be making the prosecutor’s office a non elected position. As a criminal defense lawyer, I see the injustices all the time. Things need to change

If you or a love one has been arrested for possession of child pornography,do not give up on them and do not give up hope. Call Attorney Peter D Aiken for a free consultation. Get answers

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Older Men and Younger Girls, a Recipe for Disaster

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The law in Florida is a little complicated when it comes to understanding how old a girl (woman) must be to lawfully engage in consensual sex.

Part of it depends on how old the people engaging in sex are. If a man or a woman (a person) engages in sex with another person whether or not it is the crime of sexual battery is determined by ages. Generally, the age of consent in Florida is 18. However people sixteen and seventeen years old can engage in sex as long as the other party is not over 23. In other words, if a man 24 years or older engages in sex with a seventeen year old, he commits sexual battery.

It does not matter if the seventeen year old has lied about her age or is promiscuous.

If you are over 23 and the girl is under 18 you are in deep trouble.

This creates great danger for men and if there is any remote doubt about age, walk away. What if a seventeen year old girl has a false ID and is in a bar drinking. If you are over 23, as crazy as it may sound, even if she shows you a false ID claiming to be 19, and you hookup, it is a crime. If you are under 24 and she is 16 or 17, it is not a crime. The law is incredibly confusing for young men and women and a simple mistake can land you in prison and make you a registered sex offender, unless you qualify under the Romeo and Juliette law.

Under the law, 14 and 15 year old girls (jail bait) are incapable of giving legal consent and they are strictly off limits. Many times the police, conducting an interview will trick the person being questioned into thinking that if the 14 or 15 year old consented it is ok. If you are under investigation for any sex crime, particularly sexual battery, you absolutely should talk to a lawyer before saying anything to a detective or deputy. Your ignorance of the law may have gotten you into trouble. Do not let your ignorance of your constitutional rights bury you. There is nothing wrong with “lawyering up” and if you are under investigation for a sex crime, you should.

I have been defending men (and women) for over thirty years. Sadly, many teenage girls falsely accuse stepfathers, the mother’s new boyfriend and other relatives and have an agenda of their own. I have found that many of these accusations are simply false. Also, sadly, here in Sarasota the prosecutors have a tendency to always believe the accuser. They simply do not understand how a false accusation can destroy a life and a reputation.

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Another Arrest for Child Porn in Sarasota

Attorney Peter D Aiken State and Federal Child Pornography Defense Attorney 941-366-3506
Attorney Peter D Aiken
State and Federal
Child Pornography Defense Attorney


Another man was arrested over the weekend for possession of child pornography here in Sarasota.

More and more men are being arrested as a result of a new “spider” crawling the Internet looking for known images of child pornography being transmitted. When Google or some other provider identifies an IP address as having received or sent an illegal kiddie porn image, the police now have a program that will come into your computer without your knowledge and download items in your computer. This is true if you use certain file sharing programs. What people do not know is that even if you have the “sharing” disabled, every time you turn your computer on, it defaults to “file sharing”. The police have an application that is basically constantly “knocking” at your computers door.

The second you turn your computer on, the program defaults to “sharing” and the police begin downloading items from your computer.

The best way to not get arrested is to not commit a crime.

Do not download or view child pornography, even out of curiosity.

The penalties are incredibly harsh.

As a sex crime defense lawyer, I was shocked to learn that the police could come into your computer uninvited and without your knowledge. There is a genuine issue as to whether or not this is an illegal warrantless search. Their position is that if you use a file sharing program, you have consented. This issue will ultimately be resolved in the Courts. I have suspected for years that images may be transmitted by law enforcement. Child pornography cases are tough to defend and a good lawyer has to be on his or her game to stay current with law enforcement techniques.

If a loved one has been arrested for possession or transmission of child pornography and you would like to talk to an experienced child pornography defense attorney, feel free to call 941 366 3506 for a confidential free consultation. I can also visit your loved one in jail. Keep in mind, anything you say on a jail phone is being recorded. Never discuss the facts of a case over the phone with anyone in custody. They are listening and recording every word

Huge Child Pornography Seizure ….Millions of Illegal Images

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Attorney Peter D Aiken
State and Federal
Child Pornography Defense Attorney

In Louisiana State troopers arrested three men, seized numerous computers and storage devices which contained over one million illicit images.

Needless to say, these men are facing decades in prison.

As a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer, and a State and Federal Child Pornography defense attorney, I have seen a trend in child porn prosecutions. Here in Sarasota, the State is running up the sentencing guideline computation by filing dozens of second degree felony charges in kiddie porn cases. It is a third degree felony to possess an illegal child porn image or video. In almost every child porn case, the search warrant results in the seizure of hundreds of images. That is because now, in the age of the Internet, with a single click of a mouse, dozens if not hundreds of images can be downloaded instantly. The State can charge hundreds of individual counts as third degree felonies. This runs the guidelines for sentencing through the roof. Even worse, the State can file a second degree felony for each image if the person arrested possesses more than ten images and one of the ten involves a child engaged in sex (sexual battery). This can jack the guidelines even higher by scoring each individual image as a second degree felony, rather than a third. This results in sentencing guideline manipulation. This results in sentencing guideline manipulation

Child Pornography cases are tough.

The public opinion and bias makes trying them to a jury problematic. You have to find technical defenses such as search and seizure issues or other ways to win. Tough does not mean impossible. For over thirty years I have been taking on tough cases. If it was easy, every lawyer would do it.


If a loved one has been charged with possession of child pornography or charged with transmission of child pornography or need a second opinion and you want to discuss options call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation

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Child Pornography….Prosecution or Persecution?


Everyone agrees that children should not be subjected to sexual abuse. It does irreparable damage to them for life. Everyone agrees that filming sexual acts with children should be punished. Almost everyone agrees that distributing kiddie porn should be punished.

How about the guy who simply out of curiosity simply views it?

Should he go to jail for 20 years for simply watching a video?

As a sex crime lawyer, I have been handling child pornography cases now for over thirty years. Every client and every situation is different. Every single case involves a man who has a different background, a different history and an underlying reason he may have viewed the prohibited material. Viewing child pornography is hard for the average citizen to understand.

Why did my husband do that?

How could my son have gone so wrong?

What is wrong with him?

I hear that all the time.

Most of the people who view child pornography in my opinion have a treatable illness. Jailing them for twenty years solves nothing. The problem is that most prosecutors and most of the public are unsympathetic.

Here in Sarasota County and in Bradenton there is a zero tolerance for child porn. There is a policy now in effect in an attempt to manipulate the sentencing guidelines and get sentences imposing prison for decades. In almost every child pornography case I have handled, the State files dozens of charges to run up the sentencing guidelines. They do this in an attempt to compel the judges to impose the sentence the prosecutor wants and to limit the discretion of the judge.

The prosecutors here in Sarasota want to control sentencing, a function normally that of the Court.

I strongly believe that each individual person should be judged and sentenced on the merits of their case, not just a blind policy of persecution. It is an election year for both the prosecutor and judges. Being tough on crime gets votes. Having a heart, having compassion and being fair is viewed by some as weakness. There is a reason people look at this stuff. It is hard to understand.  There is a misconception that people who look at pictures go on to become pedophiles. That simply is not born out by the statistics. Only a tiny fraction of child pornography offenders act out. I strongly believe that these people need counseling and help, not state prison. Destroying a life for simply looking at a video or picture makes no sense.

If you have a relative under investigation or charged with child pornography and want to talk Call 941 366 3506 for a free and confidential consultation

2016 Child Pornography Prosecutions in Sarasota



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Over the last few years there has been a shift in philosophy in how prosecutions for kiddie porn are filed and prosecuted in both Sarasota and Manatee County. The State Attorney’s office has taken their zero tolerance policy even further and now seeks to imprison defendants for what amounts to life sentences for simply viewing a picture or video. The prosecutors are manipulating the sentencing guidelines in an attempt to become judges themselves when it comes to sentencing. This is done by manipulating the Florida Sentencing Guidelines filing dozens of charges arising out of a simple possession situation.
In all of the recent cases, the State has charged twenty or more second degree felonies, running the guidelines through the roof, in almost every case. By manipulating the number of charges, and the statute they charge under, they can, and do, restrict the ability of the Court to impose a fair and just sentence. The law with respect to child pornography allows the State to enhance the penalty if a person possesses ten or more images and at least one of those images shows sexual battery of a child. The penalty goes from five years to fifteen years with this enhancement. The State has interpreted this to mean that for every ten images they can charge another second degree felony. This is an issue that ultimately will be decided by the Second District Court of Appeal. By manipulating the child porn guidelines they have upped the stakes and restricted the ability of the judges to be fair. In Sarasota, do not expect fairness from the State Attorney’s office when it comes to child porn cases.
People are now being sentenced to horrendous sentences that in my opinion constitute cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the eighth amendment of the United States Constitution. You get more time for simply looking at a picture or video than you do for actually committing a real sex crime. The laws with respect to the enhancements do not take into account the fact that with a single stoke of a key, dozens, even hundreds of images can end up on a computer. Modern technology means that a person can end up with hundreds and thousands of images in just seconds. There can be images on a computer that the person does not even know are there. The Windows program can also duplicate the images in different places in the hard drive making it appear there are more images.
As a sex crime and child pornography lawyer I have been fighting and will continue to fight the unfair policies here in Sarasota and Manatee. Other Counties in Florida are more reasonable and impose fair sentences but here things are different. What the prosecutors do not understand is that looking a pictures does not mean that the person will go on to molest anyone. It is in effect, a thought crime. It makes no sense that a person gets more time for looking at a video than committing a violent crime. Curiosity killed the cat and when it comes to pornography, child pornography, it can put you in prison for life. The bail bonds are also set high, in many cases higher than crimes involving violence. These cases are difficult and expensive to defend, but not impossible.

If you have questions or want to speak with an attorney experienced in child pornography defense , call me, attorney Peter D. Aiken at 941 366 3506

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Juvenile Charged with Child Pornography


A high school student in Ponderosa was charged with child pornography after a school security officer started an investigation after hearing about a video circulating in the high school showing two students engaged in sex. The kids, age 15, were secretly videoed having sex by a third student. The young woman claims she was unaware of the video being made. Child pornography charges can end up in a prosecution that can result in a young person being labeled a sex offender, for life.
Kids just do not realize how incredibly dangerous it is, in this the age of cellphones, to take compromising video footage. Young girls can be charged with transmitting kiddie porn by taking videos of themselves and sending it to their boyfriends .As a sex crime lawyer I see situations where minors simply do not appreciate the consequences of what they do. Even worse are the situations where college students are seen with a drunk passed out coed in what is typically referred to as a “gang bang” situation. In those cases actual rape charges are often filed. Taking a video not only provides evidence, but it is a crime. Young female students need to become acutely aware of the consequences of allowing themselves to be photographed and cautioned to never send any footage of “naked” pics to anyone. Even if a girl is technically an adult, sexy pics sent to a then “boyfriend” can come back to haunt them later in life.
At our criminal defense firm we often defend juveniles. Nothing is worse than seeing some stupid mistake jeopardize the kid’s entire future. Sexual promiscuity on college campuses here in Ft. Myers is rampant and sometimes young students have second thoughts afterwards and claim “rape”. They claim that the sex was nonconsensual or that they were drunk or drugged. It is true that there are some instances where sexual battery charges are justified, but often, the claim of nonconsensual sex weeks or months later is simply false. False allegations happen all the time and most of the time, the police buy into the girl’s version without really investigating the facts. As a parent, nothing is worse than seeing your son being arrested on false allegations by some young coed. Sex crimes are mostly one on one, “he said, she said” situations.  Getting into a case early and having a top notch investigator round up the evidence before it is lost is critical. If your son or daughter is under investigation, contact us immediately. Do not let them make a statement. Do not let them meet with the cops. Confession may be good for the soul, but they put your body in jail. If you need help with a sticky situation, contact us for a strictly confidential consultation. Even if you do not hire us, what you say will never be repeated or disclosed. In Ft Myers, you can call us and schedule an appointment at 239 334 8890 or in Sarasota, call 941 366 3506