A San Pedro man who thought he had made arrangements to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex was arrested in an Internet sex sting instead. Joshua Crouch, 28, of San Pedro was charged with attempted sex trafficking of a minor.
Internet sex sting nabs San Pedro man
Crouch responded to a carefully worded Internet advertisement placed by law enforcement officials promising dates with “young” and “petite” girls. Officers indicated that Crouch could have sex with a 13-year-old girl, or a 15 year old girl and gave Crouch directions to a hotel where the Internet sex sting was set up. Crouch was arrested when he arrived. He is facing a potential sentence of 15 years to life if convicted of all charges arising from the Internet sex sting.
If you’ve been caught up in an Internet sex sting you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California for more than 30 years and is known in court as a skilled, aggressive criminal defense attorney.
Convictions for sex offenses, especially those involving minors, can haunt you for the rest of your life. In addition to incarceration, you risk not being able to find a job or housing, and you risk fracturing your family and social life. Convictions for sex offenses often require lifetime registration on sex offender registries, and GPS monitoring, even after you are released from prison.
Prosecutors can make you believe that the case against you is ironclad, when in fact, it’s not. Law enforcement agencies often cross the line when it comes to sting operations. Entrapment is common, and you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate this complex legal predicament. Don’t attempt to defend yourself, and don’t immediately assume that a guilty plea will produce the best possible outcome for you.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County Internet crimes case.
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