Your Life is Not a Television Show
Philadelphia Attorneys With 30 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
The NBC Dateline program "To Catch a Predator" has become famous for its premise of identifying and luring men over the internet into meeting with a decoy under the pretense of sexual contact.
Unfortunately, the television program is more concerned with making examples out of the men it catches than with protecting their Constitutional rights. The program does not show how the lives of these men are forever changed because of charges that may not be accurate.
The Dateline program has achieved popularity among TV viewers and also among law enforcement officials and state district attorneys. Police and prosecutors have recently started to set up these decoy operations off-camera to catch predators in their own states and communities. In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Tom Corbett created the Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force, which is specifically designed to investigate and arrest potential child predators by using similar undercover operations.
At the law office of Patrick J. Artur & Associates, our criminal defense lawyers represent individuals who have been accused of these sex crimes in the Philadelphia area. We understand that your life is not a television show and that you will have to deal with the consequences of these charges for the rest of your life. Our attorneys will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected.
Identifying Sexual Predators in Adult Chatrooms
The situations portrayed on the Dateline program "To Catch a Predator" and the cases undertaken by the Child Exploitation Task Force begin online. Law enforcement officials or private citizens working with the police will create underage personas on social networking sites to pose as decoys in online chatrooms. These chatrooms include dating and singles chatrooms, as well as adult and sex chatrooms.
The decoy will wait for an adult to message them and start a dialogue. The conversation may turn sexual in nature and the decoy may not discourage the behavior. Eventually, the adult will be lured to a location where the supposed minor is waiting. Instead, real law enforcement officials will be positioned to arrest and charge the adult. Any paraphernalia that is brought by the adult, such as contraceptives, alcohol, or pornographic materials, may also be used against the adult in court.
Unfortunately, law enforcement officials will sometimes make faulty assumptions about the adult's behavior and reason for coming to the location that are not entirely accurate. These assumptions may lead to that individual's arrest and an experienced sex offense attorney is crucial in order to defend these charges properly.
If you are facing charges of sex traveling or of being a sexual predator in Philadelphia or the surrounding communities of Pennsylvania, contact us at Patrick J. Artur & Associates. Call us at 215-530-6666 to schedule a free initial consultation.