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Internet Crime Lawyer Cases

Bahamian Not Guilty of Lewd Computer Solicitation and Attempted L&L Battery Based on Entrapment
  • Published: August 8, 2018

A St. Lucie County jury found Lane Reynolds (not his real name) not guilty of lewd computer solicitation and attempted lewd and lascivious battery on August 1, 2018. The same jury found Reynolds guilty of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. This inconsistent verdict was, Attorney Jeffrey Garland believes, based upon government entrapment and jury instruction error. The conviction was set aside due to the jury instruction error on 8/6/18. At that time, Reynolds pled no contest to the unlawful use of a two-way communication device, which is a non-sex offender charge, receiving time served and probation in return. The evidence and testimony showed that St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) investigators posted an “advertisement” on Craigs List, Treasure Coast Personals, in the Consensual Encounters chatroom. The undisputed evidence showed that anyone entering Consensual Encounters had to certify that they…Read More

Man Arrested on 44 counts of child Pornography
  • Published: March 23, 2018

The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland has a great deal of experience in criminal defense for crimes involving the use of computers. When individuals are considering an attorney to handle their defense, it is imperative these individuals choose someone with the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done. Computer crimes, sex crimes and allegations of these crimes are somewhat foreign to the majority of lawyers, in a technical sense. Only with extensive and long-term experience and knowledge can one get a solid grasp on what is necessary when defending a case like this. Earlier this Tuesday, March 29, 2018, Michael Flatley, 22, was arrested on 44 counts of possessing child pornographers and another 44 counts of transmission of child pornography. Currently, he is being held on a whopping $880,000.00 bond at the St. Lucie County Jail. For a…Read More

  • Published: June 1, 2016

A married police officer with three children who previously served with the Port St. Lucie Police Department has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of possession and distribution of child pornography along with coercion and enticement of a minor. Pursuant to the execution of a search warrant, hundreds of images and videos of children sexually assaulted and raped by adults were found in the man’s home. At the defendant’s sentencing hearing, an agent from the Department of Homeland Security showed the presiding judge various images and a video of a man engaged in sexual activity with a child under six years of age. Before starting his job in Port St. Lucie, the former officer had been employed with the Fort Pierce Police Department where he was named Officer of the Year in 2011. He…Read More

  • Published: February 3, 2016

A man from Fort Pierce who was originally arrested due to a firearms offense now faces new charges. According to a press release by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 29 year old Altamonte Wilson is now also charged with 54 counts of child pornography. At this time, there are no statements available from Wilson or his Fort Pierce criminal lawyer. On August 25, 2015, WIlson was originally arrested after a search warrant on his house was executed. Wilson was a felon and he had both a rifle and a double barrel pistol on the premises. During an interview after the initial arrest, Wilson revealed that he used some software programs which are frequently used to share and distribute child pornography. During the original investigation, 10 files containing pornography of 6 to 12 year old children were discovered. After this…Read More

  • Published: October 8, 2015

A Port St. Lucie police officer who won Officer of the Year four years ago during his previous job with the Fort Pierce Police Department was arrested on September 22 in an investigation related to child pornography. Michael Harding, who had joined the Port Lucie Police Department in 2012, had been under investigation by undercover officers since July. Investigators were under the belief that Harding, who worked from Saturday to Tuesday between 10 p.m.-8 a.m., allegedly uploaded some of material while in his patrol car. The basis for that investigation stemmed from the posting of a pair of photos that showed a female under the age of 13 engaging in sex, which were traced back to a Kik Messenger account allegedly held by Harding. Those finds came from AT&T cooperating with Homeland Security to provide that information. Subsequent postings by…Read More