The Marshall Project website has some very good articles including one about A Day in the life of a Prisoner which is a good read. I want to let it be known that most caught in these Sting Operations will be spending some time in Jail and/or Prison so it is good to know what you will or might be facing.
As is my standard practice here are a couple Bible passages on Endurance and Strengths you’ll need to get through the difficult times you will face.
Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Our situation didn’t end well either. We had a Trial and fought hard for the several days it took place. We won some battles but lost the war–as most lawyers will tell you, these are difficult to win. The jury is already prejudice and all the witnesses are law enforcement. The pleas are often terrible since they don’t have to offer anything good (almost a slam dunk case) and sentences are often longer than if you committed an actual crime. I’ve done the research and can cite many cases to this. It is a sad state of affairs. These sting operations, much like the ones for Drugs in the 80’s and 90’s seem to keep people employed, have high visibility, and lots of $$ tied into them. So, until “we the people” begin screaming things will continue. Fact is the stranger-victim crimes happen < 5% of the time. Over 95% of the time the person who commits crimes against children know them (family or friend). So, yes, these are fake crimes and most of the people they are catching are not going after children or teenagers. Read the articles and do the research.
We face an uphill battle in educating the public. Hopefully one day people will say enough is enough. Government shouldn’t overreach to encourage crime among it citizens and lock up the “good” with the “bad.”
Keep the faith, fight the good fight,