The following is a transcribed conversation between William Umansky and Gary Schwartz at The Umansky Law Firm in regards to the state of Internet Sex Crimes in the State of Florida

Bill:

Gary is a 12 year practicing attorney who handles and defends travelling to meet a minor cases. Gary, you want to take a little time to introduce yourself?

Gary:

Sure, my name is Gary Schwarz. I'm an attorney with The Umansky law firm. As Bill said, I've been practicing about 12 to 13 years. I started out prosecuting about 4 and a half years. I handle a lot of these internet sex thing cases, which have been popping up really all over central Florida.

Bill:

When you say all over, I've been reading in the papers and listening on the news that these internet sex things for travelling to meet a minor are happening in Polk County, Orange County, Osceola County, Volusia County, Sumter County, and Brevard County. Are there other counties I'm missing?

Gary:

Lake County, Alachua County.

Bill:

I went to school there, University of Florida. They're having stings up there now

too?

Gary:

In fact they are. And what they're doing they're utilizing people from all over the state to help them bring people in these sting operations. Most notable is someone from the Citrus County sheriff's office.

Bill:

Let's talk generally about the travelling to meet a minor case. Tell me just in general, on these soliciting to meet a minor cases, is there a difference between soliciting to meet a minor, or travelling to meet a minor?

Gary:

There is. Soliciting to meet a minor is basically using a computer to either get a child, or to agree to have sex with you, or to get the parent of a child to agree to pimp out their child have sex with you.

Bill:

And there is difference between the travelling to meet a minor. What is that statute all about?

Gary:

Travelling is actually the physical act of travelling. Once the solicitation is in place and you basically take one step out of your door with the intent to hook up with someone, a child that you set up online for sex, you're guilty of travelling.

Bill:

Which one is more serious?

Gary:

Travelling is the more serious offense. Once you take a step out the door, you're looking at the possibility of 15 years prison, plus a lifetime sex offender registration, whereas for the solicitation the maximum is 2 years.

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