When police set up a fake situation that invites or allows criminal activity, that is known as a “sting” operation. These operations concerning sex crimes often involve an undercover officer pretending to be someone that another person might contact or approach to commit a sex crime. For example, a police officer might pose as a minor seeking sexual interaction on social media. If an adult pursues sexual contact with that “child,” they can be arrested. Stings happen in person, as well—not just online. An undercover officer might pose as a prostitute to catch potential customers soliciting sex illegally, for example, or offer child pornography to lure in potential buyers.
Whether or not these stings result in actual sexual contact, defendants can still be punished severely. For instance, did you know that someone in possession of sexual material featuring a minor can face the same penalties as the person who created the material?
Occasionally, police do not follow the rules when conducting these sting operations, and our skilled legal team knows how to uncover that misconduct and use it to benefit our clients. If you are the victim of a sex sting operation, it is imperative that you speak with a skilled sex sting attorney immediately.