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Broward Gastroenterologist Faces Charges For Sending Sexually Explicit Messages To Teens

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In the past year, people who have never worked in the medical profession have spent more time than ever before thinking about how doctors spend their time.  Since last spring, the medical profession has mobilized its resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and its efforts have paid off to such an extent that summer… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Sexual Battery Charges For Alleged Attack On Colleague At Police Officers’ Convention

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The terms assault and battery almost always occur together when they occur in ordinary speech that most people are not aware of the difference.  In the context of sexual assault and sexual battery, sexual battery is the more serious charge of the two.  The difference between the two charges is whether physical force is… Read More »

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Case Against Broward Doctor Accused Of Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Images Prompts Proposed Changes To Law

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The law says that you are innocent until proven guilty, so what happens between the time that you are arrested and the time of your trial, when a jury decides the verdict?  It depends on how dangerous the judge thinks you are.  Some people stay in jail, and if they are found guilty, the… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Teacher Arrested On Charges Of Soliciting A Young Child

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Before there was Facebook and back when Amazon only sold books, the frugal and entrepreneurial people of major American cities could turn to Craigslist to help them find gently used items at affordable prices and to look for opportunities for short-term and long-term employment.  Likewise, before Tinder and its ilk, Craigslist was a place… Read More »

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Former Police Officer Sentenced to Four Concurrent Prison Sentences for Forcing Suspected Drunk Driver and Passenger to Run Down Alligator Alley Naked

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South Florida news headlines tell of numerous abuses by people in positions of authority.  While elected officials, law enforcement officers, and wealthy executives usually are not able to avoid legal consequences for their actions, they are much more likely to get lenient sentences and generous plea deals, so that the sentences they serve seem… Read More »

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Former Employee of Coral Springs Middle School Sentenced to 75 Years for Sexually Abusing Student

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Fewer than ten percent of criminal cases go to trial.  Unless the attorneys for the defendant are able to get the charges dropped, the next best option is usually a plea bargain.  Most defendants get a much lighter sentence if they plead guilty to some of their charges than if they fight all of… Read More »

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Broward Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Possession and Distribution of Obscene Images

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It is against the law to possess pornographic content depicting the sexual abuse of minors.  As with any crime, a person cannot be punished for it unless he or she enters a guilty plea or unless a jury determines, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he or she has committed the crime.  Since so many… Read More »

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Coconut Creek Police Officer Acquitted of Sexual Molestation After Other Charges Are Dropped

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Between reporting a crime and a defendant being convicted are many steps of a legal process that aims to be fair both to defendants and to victims.  The defendant has the right to enter a plea of not guilty, and if he does, the jury cannot convict him unless the prosecution convinces them, beyond… Read More »

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Former Boynton Beach Police Officer Gets Two Years for Possession of Images of Child Exploitation

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A man previously employed by the Boynton Beach Police Department will serve two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of obscene images showing children being subjected to sexual abuse.  Like many people who buy abusive images online, he and the people who conspired with him in the trafficking of the images… Read More »

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Former Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Probation in Plea Deal After Pleading Guilty to Possession of Obscene Material Involving a Minor

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Possession of obscene images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors is a felony according to Florida law.  A person convicted of one count of possession of obscene material involving a minor can face up to five years in prison, as well as having to register as a sex offender.  Why, then, is a former… Read More »

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Former Miami-Dade Firefighter Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Sexual Relationship with 14-Year-Old Girl

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In May 2018, an investigation began into an inappropriate relationship between Miami-Dade firefighter Kevin Kerlin and a Palm Beach County girl.  Investigators discovered a series of texts exchanged between Kerlin, who was 45 at the time, and a 14-year-old girl, which referred to sexual contact between the two of them.  In May 2020, Kerlin… Read More »

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Miami-Dade County Swimming Instructor Arrested, Charged With Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of Young Children

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According to reporting from NBC Miami, Daniel Diaz-Mejia, 20, has been arrested on sexual molestation charges. Mr. Diaz-Mejia was recently employed as a swim instructor in Miami-Dade County. Based on the arrest documents obtained by the news organization, NBC Miami reports that this individual is accused of fondling two nine-year-old girls who were in… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Public School Official Charged With Sex Crime

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a Miami-Dade County public school employee has been arrested on sex crimes charges. Victor Brantley, who works in the computer technology department of South Dade Senior High School and also serves as a Pastor in Homestead, FL, is accused of meeting the boy through an internet dating… Read More »

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An Overview of Sex Offender Registration in Florida

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Florida has strict sex offender registration requirements. Under Florida state law, convicted sex offenders must report to law enforcement so that the general public has an opportunity to be aware of their presence. If a sex offender fails to register in accordance with state law, they will be subject to harsh criminal penalties —… Read More »

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Creating, Posting, and Sharing Revenge Porn is a Sex Crime

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When you are reeling from a difficult break up or trying to work through your anger at a former friend or lover, it can be very tempting to share embarrassing photos or videos of them online to make them feel the distress you felt because of their actions. But doing so is a sex… Read More »

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Can my Teenage Son or Daughter Face Criminal Charges for Sexting with Another Teen?

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Today, text messages and social media are how we communicate. For many teenagers, this is the primary, even sole means of communication with certain friends. Many young people entering their first relationships and navigating the world of dating and sex engage in sexually explicit messaging, also known as “sexting,” with partners and potential partners…. Read More »

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How Young is Too Young? Age of Consent Laws in Florida

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In Florida, the age of legal consent is 18. This means that once an individual turns 18 years old, he or she may have a sexual relationship with any other adult except for in certain situations where one adult has authority over the other, such as an inmate and a guard in a prison…. Read More »

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Defending Solicitation of a Minor Charges

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A recent sting operation in Okaloosa County resulted in the arrest of 16 individuals on charges stemming from allegations that they were soliciting minors for sex. According to the Navarre Press, the investigation was undertaken by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force, members of the North Florida… Read More »

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Florida Lawmakers Cracking Down on Prostitution and Revenge Porn

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Florida residents now have 27 new laws in effect to regulate a wide variety of violations, including prostitution and the relatively new offense of revenge porn. Lawmakers passed these statutes in May of 2015, but they are just now taking effect. Prostitution Under the new Florida law, the classification for solicitation of a prostitute… Read More »

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A Lewd and Lascivious Conviction can Carry Severe Penalties

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The consequences of a sex crime conviction can prove serious and life-altering. In addition to the penalties imposed by the court, the convicted party must also endure significant public scrutiny, which often begins before the court case even commences. A Florida couple received a first-hand lesson in this reality, as they faced charges for… Read More »

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