Investigators set up a sting, with an officer from the internet crimes unit pretending to be a 14-year-old girl. The police claim the U of M director contacted the “girl” in a chat room and then sent her an instant message.
Internet sex crimes are considered felonies and convictions may carry with them fines, jail time, and require registration on the sex offender registry.
Use of these types of “stings” by law enforcement agencies is increasingly popular due to the proliferation of on-line chat rooms and social networking sites. Police may lie to entice law-abiding citizens to form inappropriate relationships, and to download or share inappropriate images over the internet. Even seemingly innocent conversations can become misconstrued, and serve as potential evidence of criminal sexual conduct.
Often, when police conduct these stings, they overstep their authority and violate innocent individual’s rights. In these cases, you may be able to defeat the charges with the defense of entrapment. “Entrapment” means that the police have coerced an otherwise law-abiding citizen to break the law.
If you’re facing internet sex crimes charges, it’s crucial to contact an experienced sex crimes defense attorney at once. For more information, please contact Grabel & Associates, Michigan’s premier sex crimes defense firm.