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— In the decade since Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator" segments popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex. — In the decade since Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator segments popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex.But as the stings put more and more men behind bars, detectives are working harder and harder to keep up their arrest numbers.And the tactics they're using to put alleged sexual offenders in jail are sweeping up large numbers of law-abiding men, too.Many of the men whose mugshots sheriffs have been paraded in made-for-TV press conferences were not seeking to meet children online, according to a yearlong WTSP-TV investigation.Judd also showed little concern for due process during a Tuesday press conference to tout arrests since March in predator-style stings.He pointed to 132 mugshots on a giant posterboard and called the men "sexual predators."Some of the men already have been cleared of charges, he called them fair game"We have a very liberal — a very forgiving — criminal justice system," Judd said.
However, it's easier to make a case for men swept up in stings when they were looking for adults online."(My son) was stalked by law enforcement for three days," said the mother of a 22-year-old arrested in one of the stings who asked not to be identified because of the stigma that the arrest has brought.Judges also have been critical of some tactics used in the stings, which violate Internet Crimes Against Children guidelines.Among the judges' comments in recent entrapment decisions: The judge in one dismissed case criticized the undercover officer for failing to follow procedures, saying "the officer controlled the tone, pace and subject matter of online conversation, pushing toward a discussion of sexual activity."Defense lawyer Anthony Ryan, who has a practice in Sarasota, Fla., just got a 23-year-old client's case dismissed in Manatee, Fla.It's not surprising that men and women value different things in the workplace, but employers aren't necessarily paying attention to the details.Going into 2018, here are a few things you should know.