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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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The Consequences of Relations with an Older Teen

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Individuals who work with juveniles are held to a very high standard of behavior by the public. Whether the title is teacher, scout leader, coach or mentor, these adults are expected to act in a manner that sometimes surpasses human nature. For example, elementary school teachers are sometimes discouraged from hugging students, even if… Read More »

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