Those facing Florida cybercrime charges involving online solicitation may be interested in these two recent cases out of Alabama and Virginia.
Heather Fulford Bryant, a resident of Daleville, Alabama, recently began 48 months of probation for online child solicitation charges. The 32-year-old had attempted to solicit an undercover investigator masquerading as a 15-year-old girl, leading to her arrest on July 26, 2013.
Bryant had responded to a Craigslist ad and exchanged texts and emails with the investigator before attempting to meet up with the supposed underage girl. Here, authorities apprehended and arrested her.
Although Bryant received a 96-month (8-year) prison sentence, Circuit Court Judge William Fillmore suspended this sentence at her sentencing hearing on July 10. Bryant’s attorney argued the original sentence – 2 to 20 years in prison – would pose undue hardship on her spouse and three children. However, she will have to register as a sex offender in her home county.
On the same day Bryant received her sentence, an Albemarle County, Virginia, man faced similar online solicitation charges. Local police arrested John Daniel Patterson Jr., a 66-year-old former high school teacher, for using the internet to attempt to arrange a meeting with a young boy.
Since his arrest, the Waynesboro Police have held Patterson without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.
Under the law, using the internet – whether online forums, social networks, or other methods – to entice children into sexual acts represents a third-degree felony. Regardless of whether sexual activities took place, adults who commit online solicitation of minors face serious legal and personal consequences, including imprisonment, probation, sex offender registration, and loss of reputation.
Should you currently face erroneous charges regarding online solicitation of a minor, do not delay in seeking the legal counsel of a Florida cybercrimes attorney. David Seltzer has helped clients defend their innocence in these matters for many years, and he can help you build a strong case.
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