NACDL - From Chat Room to Courtroom: The Internet, Experts, and Entrapment

From Chat Room to Courtroom: The Internet, Experts, and Entrapment

In an attempt to find child predators, police officers visit Internet chat rooms and pretend to be underage. When arrested in these sting operations, most defendants plead guilty. But the chat room is a world of sexual fantasy. Did the defendant believe he was communicating with another adult who was pretending to be a child within the sexually charged atmosphere of an adult chat room?