North Port Police Operation Guardian Angel – The North Port Police department working in conjunction with several other agencies arrested 11 people who were willing to and did travel to have sexual relations with a minor. These operations have been heavily supported but a recent investigation by News 10 revealed that some of the tactics previously employed were questionable.
The investigation revealed that many of the persons arrested were minding their own business and specifically looking for adults when they were contacted by law enforcement. The story alleges that law enforcement performs a bait and switch by advertising in adult sites then once they hook the person they switch the bait. 10 investigates found that law enforcement is now routinely making the intial contac t with men who believe they are conversing with adults only to change the age they state to be by being in an adult site.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for soliciting a minor for sexual relations or travelling to meet the minor please contact Darren Finebloom at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins. Their are defenses available to you if these types of tactics were used. I was part of the defense team that won an acquital in Sarasota County on these exact accusations just last year. I can be reached at 941-953-2622.