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How people get caught for online sex crimes

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2022 | Criminal Law

The internet is somewhat of a wild west when it comes to legal issues, although this is slowly changing. Many people commit sex crimes in person; however, an increasing number of people use the internet during the course of committing a sex crime. There are many reasons for this, including perceived anonymity and the perception that they are less likely to get caught over the internet than they are in person.

Here are some of the ways that people get caught for online sex crimes in Virginia.

Through stings

Stings are a common way for law enforcement to trap people online who are trying to commit a sex crime, such as soliciting nude photos from someone who is under the age of 18 or arranging to meet someone who is underage for sexual relations. When a sting happens, a member of law enforcement or another adult poses as a child and sees who reaches out to them with a request. The adult may then plan on meeting the perpetrator at a public location where they will then arrest them.

Through lack of security

When people commit crimes via the internet, they generally make sure their electronic device remains locked behind a password. However, people can be forgetful and leave their device open for other members of their household to come across and report their misdeeds to law enforcement.

Online sex crimes are a serious issue, and it is important for people to know that there are many ways that they can eventually get caught for any wrongdoing.