Re: Chat Room Sting- is There a Protocol Undercover Le Must Adhere to
I would assume that there is a strict protocol of procedures that undercover LE who are posing as underage females in internet chat room sting operations-must follow to secure successful prosecution.-
the cops can lie to you.
they cannot entrap you which means, they cannot induce you to commit a crime you would not otherwise have committed.
basically, once the person tells you they are underage or you have reason to believe they are underage, if you continue with any conversation that would be illegal if they were actually a minor, you are screwed.
and what they can type or not has nothing to do with any rules. It has to do with what is legal and what they can or cannot do legally. Entrapment is about the only escape but given the situation, entrapment is very unlikely to be a valid argument.
basically, to avoid being arrested for any illegal interaction with a minor one simply refrains from engaging in any conversations with what they know or believe to be a minor that involve anything sexual.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.