I’ve been asked by a sister group, raising awareness and striving for legislative reform in WA state, to post the following information. If you would like to be connected to them please email me and I will forward your their address. Thank you for reading.
“Approximately 300 individuals have been arrested in Washington State Patrol (WSP)-MECTF (Missing and Exploited Children Task Force) stings/ruses since 2015.
The reality of the outcome by running these stings is far from the truth which is being voiced by the task force, WSP, and other law enforcement agencies.
“Net Nanny Stings are new joint police operations between the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and County Prosecutors. Agents, posing as adults on 18 and older dating sites, engage in conversations with targets that turn into conversations about hypothetical minors. These written exchanges are then used to convict defendants with sentences of five, to ten years, to life. Since 2015, 300 people in Washington State have been arrested by these stings. The conviction rate is
99% (+) with a current average sentence length of 6.2 years to Life. Harsh Lifetime Community Custody (CC) restrictions and Lifetime Sex Offender Registry (SOR) also accompany most of the sentences. Approximately 25% of those entrapped in these stings are between the ages of 17 and 25. Although law enforcement agencies claim that these stings remove dangerous sex predators and somehow make our communities safer, the reality is far more complicated. These stings use questionable tactics to ensnare primarily young people with no histories of conviction and are predicated on the manufacture of a crime without any victims. Trained to use hot words like trafficking, perpetrators, and violent sex predators, WSP uses confirmation bias to convince the media and public that these individuals are the worst of the worst. Huge personal and financial gains exist for law enforcement and the counties as they increase the number of arrests, and hand out both harsher charges and longer sentences. In all cases, defendants are receiving sentences far longer than cases with actual living victims. All for going on an adult dating site.
Carlos Rodriguez of WSP, MECTF, (dreamt up the sting). O.U.R. a non-profit finances the stings through quid quo pro press releases resulting in citizens contributing to O.U.R. whom in return send contributions back to MECTF. Catfishing innocent boys and men with no probable cause, using Lies, Deceit, and Fraud from beginning to end by Rodriguez and prosecutors, ends up virtually burying these individuals alive.
The hardest challenge we face is exposing the facts and truth of these stings so people free their minds of “just accepting” the carte blanche statements made by WSP TELLING us, “these people are dangerous sex predators and perpetrators wanting to harm children”. Just because they say it doesn’t make it truth! Unfortunately, it is being accepted as such. The law has made this an indefensible crime using fictitious children and allowing WSP to break laws, tell lies, and do fraudulent deceitful things to citizens to get them to commit a thought crime that the individual would have never done had it not been for law enforcement. There were no children, no victims, only law enforcement telling you they would have harmed them.
And we know that law enforcement officers never lie!!!!!!
The children were fictitious, the lifetime sentences and loss of their lives are real.“