Joint Task Force Takes 23 Texas Men into Custody for Online Solicitation

June 3, 2015 by David S. Seltzer

Some fascinating cybercrime news out of Texas...

The arrests were the result of a joint task force that included local Katy and Sugar Land police departments, the Missouri City police department, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. Detectives worked for a month posing as teenage girls on social media sites to establish a meeting spot with the men. They then waited for the men to arrive at the designated spot so that they could arrest them.

Ranging in age from 19 to 59, the men faced charges of soliciting a minor, unlawful firearms possession, possession of a controlled substance, and having an outstanding warrant. In other words, police used the pretext of the sting to cast a wider net. Meanwhile, the men's mug shots, along with the charges and the amount of their bond, appeared in slideshow format on a local television channel's website one day after the arrest.

From the perspective of law enforcement, the sting illustrates the value of the coalition and gives the perception that they are being tough on crime. But when photographs of the men taken into custody are posted before the men have their day in court, the system has failed all Americans. Some of these men will go on to be cleared of all the charges. In an attempt to create a deterrent against an abhorrent crime, the authorities are, in some cases, destroying the reputation of innocent men. This unintended consequence of joint task forces designed to stop cybersex crimes is reason enough to rethink the entire policy.

Do you need help responding to federal cybercrime or solicitation charges? Call an experience Miami cybercrimes attorney with Seltzer Law, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation. Call anytime at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333).