With the seeming anonymity of online interactions, people who might otherwise lead law-abiding lives find themselves in need of an Oklahoma sex crimes lawyer.
Whether innocent chat crosses the line, a comment taken out of context leads to misunderstanding, or someone falls victim to an online sting operation designed to entrap online predators, internet conversations--particularly with minors or those assumed to be minors--can quickly turn into a nightmare for anyone accused of soliciting minors online in Oklahoma.
Such is the case for a 57-year-old Crescent man who was arrested Wednesday for violations of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. Floyd Jacks was arrested on complaints of Oklahoma indecent proposals to a minor and online solicitation of a minor. Jacks is accused of communicating with a 14-year-old girl from Edmond, Oklahoma, via an internet chat room.
After their conversations allegedly turned sexual in nature, police were alerted and began posing as the girl online in order to continue the chats. According to Edmond police officer James Hamm, Jacks arranged to meet the "girl" at an Edmond grocery store, and detectives were waiting for the suspect when he arrived.
Jacks was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail with bail set at $17,000. Police say that Jacks had tried to set up several prior meetings with the girl before going to the grocery store to meet the decoys. In Oklahoma lewd proposals to a minor is punishable by up to 20 years in prison on the first offense.
Soliciting minors online also carries lifetime sex offender registration for those convicted. When using the internet to communicate with minors, one leaves a trail of evidence through saved emails and chats, printed documents, web browsing history, and more. Computer forensic experts can trace evidence even when the accused thinks he or she has deleted it from the computer.
Oklahoma computer sex crime defense lawyers must be highly skilled and must carefully evaluate each individual case to find the best approach for defense against the charges. Those accused of internet sex crimes, such as online solicitation of minors, lewd or indecent proposals to minors, child pornography, or sexting, should quickly find qualified legal representation from an experienced Oklahoma sex crime attorneys with a proven record of successfully defending clients against criminal charges.