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Manatee County Prostitution Sting Nets 17 Arrests

The Manatee County Sherriff’s Department announced the arrest of 17 men and women in a prostitution sting that spanned several months.  In the sting, police detectives would pose as prostitutes or johns when responding to online ads for prostitution.  Once the detective and the suspect agreed to exchange sex for money, they would agree to […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 3, 2014

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Florida Minors Among Those Rescued in Nationwide Sex Sting

The FBI Announced this week that they had rescued 168 children from prostitution in a nationwide sex sting called “Operation Cross Country”.  They also announced the arrest of 281 people on prostitution and pimping charges.  It appears that there among the minors rescued include children involved in prostitution in Florida, with at least around a […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, June 27, 2014

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Rick Scott Signs Bills Increasing Penalties Against Violent Sex Offenders

On April 1, 2014, Rick Scott signed a group of bills into law that are meant to reduce the chance of violent sexual predators from being released from custody.  The new laws are in response to a number of disturbing stories recently, including the murder of a Jacksonville girl and a study showing that hundreds […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 25, 2014

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Seminole County Arrests 26 in Child Sex Sting by Posing as Minors

Law enforcement in Seminole County announced on March 24 that they arrested 26 men in a child sex sting.  In the sting, police officers posed as children online where the men made contact with them.  In the sting, the officers posed as 11-14 year olds and had internet chats and even phone conversations with the […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 1, 2014

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Two Fort Myers Teens Reportedly Among Victims of National Child Porn Ring

In mid-March, the Department of Homeland security announced that it had arrested 14 men across the nation for running a child pornography website which contained videos of hundreds of teenage boys in a sting called “Operation Round Table”.  According to law enforcement, 26-year-old Jonathan Johnson posed as a teenage girl on various social networking sites […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, March 21, 2014

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Entrapment Defenses For People Arrested in Undercover Sex Sting Operations

The Manatee County Sherriff's Department recently arrested 25 suspected pedophiles through the promise of sex with an underage girl.  Officers posed as the mother of a 13 year old girl on an incest chat room and promised men that she would allow them to have sex with her daughter.  The men then showed up at […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, March 5, 2014

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Is Harsher Punishment the Answer? Florida Legislators Think Yes

Is Harsher Punishment the Answer? Florida Legislators Think Yes Statistically, the United States is the most jailed country in the world, with evidence supporting the fact that one out of a hundred United States residents will spend time in prison. The homicide rate in America still ranks in the top ten highest in the world, […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, March 4, 2014

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The Jimmy Ryce Act and Other Sexual Predator Laws Undergo Changes in Florida

2014 promises to be a big year for Florida legislators with a slew of new laws and amendment revisions already making the rounds. The theme is centered on tougher laws and penalties for convicted offenders. Changes include the new Justifiable Use of Force revision as well as a proposal for tougher penalties for DUI and […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, March 3, 2014

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Undercover Sex Sting Operation in Manatee County Results in 25 Arrests

Between February 10 and February 17, undercover officers from the Manatee County Sherriff's Department posed as minors online in order to catch child predators.  The officers arranged meetings with 25 men in their homes, where the men believed that they were going to be having sexual encounters with minors.  Among the charges faced by the […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, February 18, 2014

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Rape Allegations against Jameis Winston Dropped

Awarded to the year’s most promising college player, the contender for this year's Heisman Trophy is Jameis Winston. He has just been told he will not face rape charges laid against him earlier this year. The decision, by the state's attorney for the Florida Second Judicial Circuit, William N. Meggs, came after the Tallahassee police investigation received criticism […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, December 16, 2013

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