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Broward Youth Cheerleading Coach Accused Of Enticement Of A Minor

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It is against the law for adults to have romantic relationships with minors, except when the parties are very close in age, such as a 17-year-old high school senior dating an 18-year-old college freshman.  Even when the inappropriate relationship only consists of text messages or online communications discussing a future or sexual or romantic… Read More »

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Employee Of Broward News Station Arrested On Suspicion Of Video Voyeurism

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Every journalist knows that cell phone cameras can be used for good or ill.  In some cases, images and videos captured on mobile phones can tell the truth in ways that verbal accounts cannot.  In their closing arguments during Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd, prosecutors urged jurors to believe their… Read More »

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Flanagan High School Teacher Arrested For Statutory Rape Of Student

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Florida teens are known for their movie star levels of self confidence and for their encyclopedic knowledge of risqué lyrics, but their elders are not fooled by the façade and can see that the kids are just kids. Likewise, in Florida, the age of consent, meaning the age at which a person can legally… Read More »

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Kodak Black Faces More Legal Trouble After Narrowly Avoiding Lengthy Prison Sentences Several Times

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The best movies keep you guessing until the very end whether things will turn out well for the protagonists.  Think of the most action-packed crime drama you have ever seen; it pales in comparison to the real-life experiences of Kodak Black who, at the tender age of 24, has been a prolific participant in… Read More »

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Jury Finds Connecticut Man Guilty Of Trafficking Three Women To Miami Before Super Bowl

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Screenwriters look at South Florida’s biggest celebrations and see right through to the seamy underbelly, and the Super Bowl, which has taken place in Miami 11 times in its 50-year history, is no exception.  The crimes that go on while most people’s attention is on the big game, the halftime show, the commercials interesting… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Teacher Arrested For Molestation Of 14-Year-Old Former Student

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Florida’s age of consent for sexual activity is 18, but that does not mean that everyone who has ever been sexually active before turning 18 will get in legal trouble.  The law generally does not punish teens who are close in age for having sexual relationships with each other unless coercion is involved.  Relationships… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Detectives Catch Minnesota Man Traveling To South Florida For What He Thought Was A Tryst With A High School Girl

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Parents of teens have plenty of things to worry about.  It is nerve-wracking to know that your teen is driving to school in South Florida traffic, even if she proved to you that she could handle the responsibility by saving all the money from her summer job and using it to pay for car… Read More »

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Miami-Dade School Board Pays Settlement To Sexual Assault Victims As Former Teacher Serves Prison Sentence

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Movies and TV shows make high school look glamorous, but no matter how old you are, you remember the awkwardness, the conflicts with your parents, and the worries about the future.  Middle school, by contrast, is such a miserable experience that no amount of Hollywood glitz can mask its stench, and that’s only if… Read More »

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Recreational DNA Testing Leads To 2021 Arrest In 2007 Rape Case

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Getting a DNA test for genealogy purposes sounds like a lot more fun than it actually is.  On the one hand, it is a wonder that you can find out so much about a person’s ancestry from a simple blood test or cheek swab; consumer DNA testing (as opposed to court-ordered or forensic DNA… Read More »

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Broward Man Sentenced To Ten Years For Possession Of Child Exploitative Material

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Sexual activity between consenting adults is legal, and as long as the World Wide Web has existed, online communication has often been synonymous with online communication about sex.  Not long after social networking sites appeared, people began to use them to flirt, to ogle, and otherwise to discuss sex.  If you are truly ancient,… Read More »

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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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