The Serious Nature of Internet Sex Crimes
Internet sex crimes involve complicated and technical issues to be thoroughly investigated by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Two issues that we will initially investigate include whether or not there are other users of the computer in question and the nature of the conduct by investigators.
With an experienced criminal defense attorney, you may be able to put the prosecution on the defensive by pointing out groundless assumptions, questionable actions performed by law enforcement and inappropriate circumstantial evidence.
Internet Chat Room Sting Operations
Massachusetts law enforcement uses a wide variety of web-based resources to attract, identify and pursue Internet sex crimes perpetrators. They most aggressively seek to identify child molesters, but also use sting operations to offer fake “escort” and other sexual services to adults seeking adults. However, police sting operations sometimes amount to entrapment or may even falsely identify innocent people as being sex offenders.
What the Police Are Allowed to Do
Massachusetts law officials, along with federal law enforcement officers, run hundreds of sting operations by entering chatrooms and posing as purveyors of illicit child pornography. They also will pose as minor children that are interested in having sex with adults. Law enforcement officers posing as minors may even ask if they can send pornographic images or ask adults to send them pictures. Law enforcement officers may even pose as minors interested in having sex with an adult. Once an adult sends the illegal images or the adult agrees to meet with someone whom they believe is a minor, investigators record their IP address and begin an investigation.
Police are allowed to enter chat rooms posing as children or underaged teens, or place ads on social networking sites, or advertising services (i.e., Craig’s List) suggesting the offer of sexual favors or prostitution. They are allowed to set up fake meetings where the alleged perpetrator shows up thinking they will be meeting with a minor, or adult with the intention of engaging in some sort of sex act or sexual transaction.
What police are not allowed to do is entrap someone.
Anyone seeking, willing and ready to break the law, and who is caught in a police sting operation is not a victim of entrapment. However, a person who is induced or persuaded by law enforcement officers or their agents to commit a crime that he had no previous intent to commit may be considered a victim of police entrapment.
Massachusetts Sex Offense Law
A conviction of an Internet sex crimes involving children also carries a requirement of life-long and mandatory sex offender registration. An experienced Boston Internet Sex Crimes Defense Attorney can help you avoid the life-long stigma of a sex crimes conviction. Our criminal defense attorneys have the experience to defend you against an array of sex crimes including:
- Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under Age 14
- Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Age 14 or Older
- Indecent Exposure
- Lewd Conduct
- Sexual Solicitation of a Minor
- Possession or Distribution of Child Pornography
When You Are Facing Criminal Charges Involving Sex Crimes, You Need a Strong Legal Defense
Sex crime allegations are serious, and the public accusation of a sex crime can dramatically and permanently affect your reputation, relationships and potentially your freedom. If you have been accused of any type of sex crime, you need an experienced attorney to help protect your reputation and minimize the potential punishment. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan in Brockton, Massachusetts is here to help you understand what is involved should you face a sex crime charge or conviction. Immediate damage control is necessary for a wide array of reasons. Friends or family may be reluctant to help you if you do not take action to make sure that you have a chance to explain your side of the story.
As a former Assistance District Attorney, Mr. Noonan is well versed in the techniques and strategies the prosecution uses to build a case against a sex crimes defendant. Our attorneys and legal team can help you stay ahead of the prosecution in order to ensure that evidence and witness testimony is thoroughly investigated and that your legal rights are protected. Our staff will keep you well informed of the status of your case, the process and efforts taken to vindicate your innocence and protection of your legal rights. Should your case go to trial, we will use our extensive and proven experience to defend your sex crimes or Internet crimes at trial.
Discuss Your Case Privately, for Free with an Experienced Lawyer
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our sex crimes defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Sex Offense Attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are available to assist clients charged with Internet and Cyber sex crimes throughout all of Southeast Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Abington, Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, Hingham, Wareham, Halifax, Middleborough, Rockland, Lakeville, Holbrook, Avon, Kingston, Pembroke, Plympton, Pembroke, Hanover, Carver, Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwell, Hanover, Scituate, East/West Bridgewater, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Wrentham, Foxborough, Franklin, Walpole; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable; Middlesex County including Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, Newton, Framingham, Malden, Chelsea, Everett, Arlington, Medford and Waltham; and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Worcester, Framingham, Woburn, Lynn, Lawrence, Salem, Dedham, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury.