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Category: Sex Crimes

FBI Agent Who Investigated Sex Crimes Faces Multiple Sex Crime Charges

October 25, 2021 News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

In late August, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Supervisory Special Agent David Harris of the FBI. He was arrested in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and charged with sex crimes spanning multiple states over several years. As a result of the judge declaring him a “threat to the public at large,” he is currently being held without bond …

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GHB Crimes in Florida

October 9, 2021 College, Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Sex Crimes

What is GHB? GHB, scientifically known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a depressant that affects the central nervous system. It is a common “date rape” or “club drug” used to cause symptoms like euphoria, increased sexual libido, decreased critical thinking, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and hallucinations to those who are drugged. While GHB is a chemical produced in the brain and other …

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Undercover Child Predator Sting Operations in Florida Highlights Scary Reality

October 6, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

What appears to be a huge success for authorities in catching child predators also highlights the ongoing issue in the state of Florida. There have been several undercover busts already this year from police departments across the state. The most recent example is Polk County Sheriff’s Office seventeen arrests that had been made in Orlando, Florida after instilling an undercover …

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What the Jimmy Ryce Act Means for Those Convicted of Sex Crimes

September 17, 2021 Sex Crimes

What is the Jimmy Ryce Act? The Jimmy Ryce Act centers around the involuntary civil commitment of sexually violent offenders. The act is codified in Sections 394.910-394.932 of the Florida Statutes. The legislature recognized that the prognosis for rehabilitating sexually violent offenders in a prison setting is poor. They also recognized that the involuntary commitment procedures under the Baker Act …

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How “Operation Child Protector” Speaks to the Unwavering Problem Disney has with Sex Trafficking

August 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

A total of 17 people were arrested in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office sting, “Operation Child Protector” last week. The group, including three employees of Walt Disney World, were charged with a total of 49 felonies and two misdemeanors, including “traveling to meet a minor for sex, attempted lewd battery, use of a computer to seduce a child and transmission …

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Recent Florida Court of Appeals Decision Defines Rules for the Sentencing of Molestation Crimes

August 9, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

In Florida, criminal defendants can be charged with several criminal counts at one time. However, courts have to comply with applicable sentencing statutes when sentencing for each conviction. When they don’t, the sentence can be deemed illegal. Such was the case in recent Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ruling, Prentice v. State. In Prentice, the court reversed the defendant’s …

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What You Need to Know About Florida’s Sex Offender Classification Levels

July 21, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

An individual added to Florida’s sex offender registry will suffer major consequences – both personal and professional. These consequences can range from limitations on jobs the individual is able to have all the way to where they can live. Since the consequences are severe and life-long, it is important to stay informed regarding Florida’s sex offender laws. What Offenses Will …

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Sexual Offenses: When Can You Be Civilly Committed?

July 20, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

In Florida, the consequences of crimes involving sexually violent and predatory behavior bear severe consequences. Alongside a criminal sentence and other terms of probation, prosecutors can seek to civilly commit a “sexually violent predator.” This civil commitment comes from Florida Statute Section 394.917’s Florida’s Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators Act (the “Jimmy Ryce Act”). This Act provides that …

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Revenge Porn & it’s Legal Implications

June 21, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

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What Is Revenge Porn? Revenge porn is when a revealing or sexually suggestive image of someone is posted online without their consent, typically by a former romantic partner, with the goal of causing them embarrassment or distress.[1] This content is often shared with a partner in a trusted exchange and then is eventually used to “take someone in their most …

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