Another big sting out of Washington State captured another 21 men including TWO 19 year olds (Net Nanny 13). Really? It seems these sting operations are changing. They use to be a Mother offering up her kids. Now it seems like it is a teenage girl (~13) doing the bait and switch. Most of the people get charged with two crimes. Attempted Rape 2nd Degree and Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. If one pleads guilty to both of these they would likely receive a 76.5 Month sentence. Indefinite SO registration and lifetime Parole (Community Custody). These are serious Class A felony offenses. Also the location of the arrests, Pierce County, pumps up the bail charges to often $250k or more! One thing to know about this county is they usually handle their cases quickly (everyone is in jail due to high bail). The county has had 2-3 sting operations and 26 cases and all have been resolved. I’m sorry to say it usually doesn’t end well: 1 suicide, 6 Guilty Trials and the remainder are pleas. Sometimes they will allow a plea out to a lesser charge (CM2 – Felony Class B) and may only get 2-3 years of prison (3 years Community Custody and 15 years of SO registration). Many of the other cases are averaging 7 years. I’m sorry to say, it is NOT a good situation. And roughly 90 of these now 205 Net Nanny cases have been completed. Trial conviction rate is > 90% with 1 acquittal and 1 dismissal that I’m aware of between 2015 and today (25 trials). I’ve seen some people with the BEST lawyers plea out on these cases. It is A DIFFICULT decision. It will likely be between 1-2 years before you stand at a trial. A plea can resolve the case within 6 months. Many of those who have lost in a trial do appeal. The results of those appeals will be known in the coming months.
We continue our fight as we have chosen a Trial over a Plea (which adds to the costs). I feel for those caught in this last sting operation, especially the younger ones. Feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
A word of hope from scripture:
Psalm 34:18 (NIV):
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.