Coy’s conviction could not have happened without the strange willingness to believe any accusation of molestation, no matter how little evidence there may be. I found an interesting, six-part series out of Florida about an internet sex-crimes task force that’s been baiting men on adult dating sites in order to get these same types of convictions.
It’s an interesting read, and I feel like it gives an insight into the mindset of those that believe the only way to protect children is to aggressively, sometimes randomly target any stranger they can get ahold of.
“10 Investigates showed how the Central Florida ICAC task force, under the watch of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, started reaching out to men who simply posted legal ads on legal dating sites. And a number of judges had criticized officers' overreach, their "failing to follow procedures" during sting operations, as well as methods to provoke "a law-abiding citizen to commit a crime."
"It's important to put actual sex offenders in jail," Pheneger said. "Law enforcement should be going after those people, not trying to entice people who have shown no disposition to any kind of criminal behavior toward children."
It's an interesting read, and brings into focus why the argument that if you're not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about simply doesn't cut it.