As serious as mere possession or distibution of photos deemed inappropriate by the Florida Legislature, using one’s computer to solicit a “child” for sexual activity is deemed many times more serious by Florida’s laws. (See: Ch. 800.04,(7)(b) Fla. Stat. (2007). The typical sentence carries a maximum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years.
Here’s the rub.
The “child” being “solicited” does not have to be a “real” child.
In fact, most prosecutions are not directed at true sex offenders, but rather at citizens who may be fantasizing, or merely “chatting” on line with “undercover” children, who in fact are seasoned and experienced police detectives, who are well trained at ‘luring’ otherwise innocent, fair-minded people into compromising situations.
No sane person seeks to protect true sexual predators—–but arresting, aggressively prosecuting, and imprisoning innocent citizens is not what the law was designed to accomplish.
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