Florida readers may have seen television shows or movies where a criminal suspect, when confronted with evidence or even caught in the act, breaks down and confesses. As it turns out, such confessionals also happen in real life.
Florida authorities recently arrested a 20-year-old man in Daytona Beach as part of an undercover sex sting. The man was allegedly traveling to meet a minor at her residence, having arranged the meeting online. In fact, the man had also sent text messages en route, stating that he had purchased condoms for the meeting. Upon arriving, however, the man discovered that his online conversations had been with an undercover officer.
Officers arrested him on several charges, including travel to solicit a child, and read the man his Miranda rights. Unfortunately, the man did not utilize his right to remain silent and consult with an attorney. Instead, he apparently blurted out that he was sorry and confirmed that he had intended to have sex with the girl. He also questioned what he was thinking, considering that he has a six-week-old newborn.
Yet the man's disclosures didn't end there. When questioned about the condoms, the man allegedly stated that his purchase confirmed his intention of having sex. The man also reportedly admitted to having known better. Not ending there, the man then volunteered that he had marijuana in his car.
This story illustrates the potential consequences of conversing with police outside the presence of a criminal defense attorney who specializes in sex crimes. The statements the man made might now be used as evidence against him in court.
Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Report: New dad showed up for child sex sting," Barbara Hijek, April 6, 2013