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Category: Sex Crimes


JUNE  5 2017
Florida Sex Offenders Face Criminal Charges…For Using Facebook
Florida Sex Offenders Face Criminal Charges…For Using Facebook
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Whether you’re from an older generation or you grew up with the internet, it’s fair to say that social media is a big part of our just about everyone’s lives today.

 

We get our news from Twitter. We hear wedding announcements on Facebook. Recipe books have been replaced by Pinterest and classified ads have been replaced by LinkedIn.

 

Most people have at least one social media account, but if you are on Florida’s sex offender registry, having that account can add felony charges to your record.

 

That’s right. We said “felony.”

 

Sex Offenders and Facebook

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MAY  17 2017
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
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We’ve all heard horror stories about hazing. If you were in a fraternity, sorority, or some other type of exclusive organization, you might have even experienced hazing yourself. Since a lot of “hazing” is secret, the term broadly applies to all kinds of things. From silly tasks like going on an all-night scavenger hunt to rituals that involve binge drinking and sexual humiliation.

 

With the reported deaths and injuries (both physical and psychological) that sometimes come with “hazing,” the line between “silly fun” and “criminal activity” can be somewhat blurry. In Florida, this blurred line unfortunately seems to apply …

APR. 21 2017
Indecent Exposure Can Put You on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry
Indecent Exposure Can Put You on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry

When most people think about someone on the sex offender registry, they imagine individuals guilty of truly horrific crimes that hurt others. Rape. Incest. Distributing child pornography.

 

You wouldn’t necessarily imagine a person who had behaved in a sexually unacceptable way, but one that caused no physical harm to anyone else. You wouldn’t, for example, immediately think of someone who committed something like indecent exposure. However, if certain aggravating factors are present, that is exactly what can happen.

 

What Is “Indecent Exposure,” and How Can It Land You on the Sex Offender Registry?


Florida law says that …

FEB. 16 2017
Bradenton Mom Arrested for Having Sex with Teenagers at Party
Bradenton Mom Arrested for Having Sex with Teenagers at Party
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If you are the parent of a teenager, you might feel a strong temptation to behave in ways that encourage them to see you as “cool.” Maybe that means going easy on their curfew. Or letting them know you’re okay with them drinking as long as they’re safe. Or allowing them to throw parties at your house.

 

Well, one Bradenton woman took this last one to a whole new level recently, and now she faces multiple sex crime charges. What happened?

 

Jaimie Ayer, 40, was present at a party hosted by her underage child on December 23. …

DEC. 16 2016
Florida Aims to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking
Florida Aims to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking
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Thousands of people fall victim to human trafficking schemes to bring them into the U.S. each year – mostly women and children.

 

Some are tricked by people they trust and believe that they are being brought to America for a better life. Others are flat-out kidnapped. However their stories begin, they end up the same – forced into sex work, prostitution, and other forms of criminal activity. Essentially, they are brought here to become slaves.

 

Florida is far from immune to this problem. In fact, federal data ranks Miami as one of the top three cities in the

NOV. 7 2016
What Florida Means by “Sexual Battery” – and How It’s Penalized
What Florida Means by “Sexual Battery” – and How It’s Penalized

Sexual harassment. Sexual assault. Sexual battery. Rape.

 

These days, it seems like stories about high-profile sex crime allegations are everywhere. Accusations of these types of crimes have led to the downfall of  celebrities like Bill Cosby, caused many prominent Republicans to withdraw their endorsements from Donald Trump, and hurt his overall chances of getting elected.

 

But though the media often uses many of these terms interchangeably, they mean very different things. Not only that, but the legal definition can change depending on how the laws are written from state-to-state.

 

This is particularly important to note if you …

AUG. 22 2016
8 FAQs about Florida Sex Offender Registration
8 FAQs about Florida Sex Offender Registration

There are different requirements and restrictions for sex offenders depending on the state that you live in. Here in Florida, we have some of the strictest laws against offenders.

 

If you are unfortunate enough to have been convicted of a sex crime, it is important to understand the law so that you can avoid running into future problems. The  following information about the Florida sex offender registry will help answer some questions that will likely affect you for the rest of your life.

 

What information goes on the registry?

 

When you register as a sex offender in …

JULY  5 2016
Former OSU Athlete Arrested for Sexual Assault over Spring Break
Former OSU Athlete Arrested for Sexual Assault over Spring Break
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The 6-month jail sentence of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner has sparked a national discussion on the proper penalties for college athletes who commit sexual assault and other related crimes. Last week, this discussion resurfaced due to a crime that crosses state lines.

 

Brandon Sheperd, 23, was arrested and charged with sexual battery after he was accused of raping a woman while on spring break in Panama City Beach, Florida. The woman reported that after she went to sleep with her clothes on, she awoke to find a man on top of her. A warrant was issued for Sheperd’s arrest …

MAY  11 2016
Even Cops Aren’t Above the Law Where Prostitution Is Concerned
Even Cops Aren’t Above the Law Where Prostitution Is Concerned

Police officers are held to high legal, moral, and ethical standards. They are supposed to protect citizens, enforce the law, and be role models in the eyes of the community.

 

Until they break the law themselves.

 

Vintyre Finney, an eight-year veteran of the Boynton Beach police department, was fired after he got tangled up in an undercover prostitution sting. Authorities claim Finney approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and offered her $20 for oral sex.

 

The woman, who wasn’t a prostitute, turned out to be an undercover deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s …

FEB. 18 2016
Understanding Sexual Battery Laws in Florida
Understanding Sexual Battery Laws in Florida
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If someone accuses you of rape you are obviously facing an extremely serious situation.  In Florida, that accusation is referred to as “sexual battery.”

 

A conviction for this kind of charge can and likely would ruin your life.  So, if you have been accused of “rape,” or “sexual battery” you need to fight back with the strongest defense strategy possible.

 

You also need to understand the law itself.  Below you’ll find information about sexual battery in Florida, and what options are available to you to protect your rights.
 

Overview of Sexual Battery

 

If a sexual battery …