We were retained to represent a Georgia Tech student who was arrested in an internet sting operation. He posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a girl between the ages of years old.
An undercover officer responded to the ad pretending to be a year-old girl. We were able to lay out a solid entrapment defense.
Most importantly though, his Craigslist ad clearly targeted girls his own age. There was little to no chance of him meeting or conversing with a minor if not for the actions of the officer.
During their conversation, the officer sent our client a picture purporting to be the year-old girl. In the picture, it is not obvious that she is under 16, plus she is wearing what clearly appears to be a Florida State Seminoles sweatshirt an ACC school, just like GA Tech.
We interviewed several students at the university who confirmed how depressed our client was at the time. They also told us that he never dated girls that were younger than him. We sent our client for a polygraph that confirmed that he had never ly attempted to meet a minor for the purpose of having sex. Lastly, we had him undergo a psychosexual evaluation to further show that he had no sexual interest in children.
We conducted several focus groups to test our entrapment defense with DeKalb County residents. The of the focus groups were mixed. While there were several participants who agreed with our defense and were willing to acquit our client, there were also a handful in each group who were skeptical of the concept of entrapment and wanted to convict him.
We still felt confident in our ability to win this case at trial. Just prior to the case being set for trial, we were able to get the prosecutors to agree to dismiss the charges in exchange for a misdemeanor plea to disorderly conduct.
Our client accepted the plea and walked away with 12 months probation, no felony conviction and no sex offender registration. Case Another Craigslist sting case resolved with misdemeanor plea.
State of Georgia v. Dismissal of internet sting case in Cobb County Our client was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. He was arrested as a result of an internet sting operation conducted by a detective with the Marietta Police Department.
United States v. JWK Not Guilty verdict in federal internet sex sting case Our client was just about to graduate from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree when he was arrested in an internet sting operation and indicted in federal court. Dismissal of computer enticement charges in Fulton County Our client was staying in Atlanta for business and was arrested after meeting someone on an adult hook-up site who he initially believed was an adult.
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