What we want the people of Lake County to understand:
Knowing that these people have been taken off the streets at night should help all of us sleep better at night. Right? No.
In these stings, they usually occur at adult-only websites where law enforcement individuals try to bait unsuspecting individuals to change from courting an adult to courting a minor. Often these individuals have no desire to hook up with a minor, but law enforcement knows all the right things to say to “pull them in”. Sometimes it takes days, weeks, and even months to get people to change from seeking an adult to seeking a minor. That is not to say that everyone arrested did not want to have sex with a minor, but many were only looking for an adult. These stings are often what many consider unconstitutional entrapments. I cannot help but notice that no information was given on the specific tactics used by law enforcement. Why?
One such questionable sting was reported on by Tampa’s CBS 10 News: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/investigations/how-law-enforcement-turns-law-abiding-men-into-sexual-predators/67-236499759
For people who feel that these stings are making the public safer, consider what research says: Ninety-three percent of child victims know their perpetrator. https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens
Where are the law enforcement officials who are protecting this 93%? We know of at least 45 officials in Florida who were not protecting them.