Many people find Craigslist as a useful tool to provide unique services, but the Huntington Beach Police Department has recently discovered that Craiglist may have not been the best tool to use for a sting operation. The ad was placed by the Huntington Beach police to target Internet child predators.
One of the men was Gregory Ruiz Aguirre, age 53 of El Monte, whom was found guilty of three felonies including going to meet a minor for a lewd purpose. He was sentenced with five years of formal probation and any violation would incarcerate him for four years in state prison.
In addition, Aguirre was to also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The court stated that he was entitled to a new trial because the court did not instruct the jury on entrapment defense. By not doing so, the case was in higher favor against Aguirre and overlooked details that provided evidence that the police officer was possibly working illegitimately.
For instance, the initial post on Craigslist did not mention that the woman who submitted the post was 13 years old. Although Aguirre decided to pursue communication with the undercover police officer, he did ask for a picture of Jess, of which they sent an image of a full and attractive female.
Do you feel that Aguirre was a victim of entrapment? Do you think that the police should be allowed to place fake to attract who they feel are criminals?
Or do you think that placing these is definitely entrapment, any way you look at it? Please share your thoughts and comments below.
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