A man lured into a sex sting has been found competent to stand trial and will appear Friday in Livingston County Circuit Court. The Detroit man was one of nine men caught in an undercover sex sting targeting individuals who use the internet to send pictures or explicit materials to minors.
With the proliferation of chat rooms and social networking sites, law enforcement agencies have increasingly set up “stings” by attempting to lure otherwise law-abiding citizens into inappropriate conversations with minors. When officers entice individuals into downloading or sharing inappropriate images over the internet, this may be used as evidence of criminal conduct, such as solicitation of a minor. However, if the police overstep their authority and violate individual’s rights, the defense of entrapment may be used to gain an acquittal or dismissal of an internet sex crimes charge.
In Michigan, entrapment occurs when the police engage in impermissible conduct that would induce a law-abiding citizen under similar circumstances to commit the crime, or police engage in conduct so reprehensible that it cannot be tolerated by the court.
Internet sex crimes are serious felonies that carry serious penalties, including sex offender registration and prison time. As a result, it’s critical to hire an experienced sex crimes defense attorney knowledgeable of all possible defenses who will fight to protect your rights.
For more information contact Grabel & Associates, a Michigan Law Firm dedicated exclusively to sex crimes defense.