Interesting And Unique To Catch A Predator Video

Words you don’t want to hear: “I’m with Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC with the show To Catch A Predator” and “Yes, you will be on TV”.

Men show up to meet an underaged girl, who gave her age as 13, but the men only find a TV camera crew as well as the police. These sting operations happened in Utah, but are not necessarily video taped. At about 6 minutes into the video there is a man who strips naked and then chases a cat around the house with a tub of cool whip.

Check out the interesting video below:

Utah’s Legal Definition of the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

(1)   A person is guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor:

     (a) when he knowingly produces, distributes, possesses, or possesses with intent to distribute material or a live performance depicting:

          (i) a nude or partially nude minor for the purpose of causing sexual arousal of any person; or

         (ii) any minor’s engagement in sexual conduct alone or with another person; or

     (b)  if he is a minor’s parent or legal guardian and knowingly consents to or permits that minor to be sexually exploited under Subsection (1)(a) above.

(2) Sexual exploitation of a minor is a felony of the second degree

(3) It is a separate offense under this section:

     (a) For each minor depicted, an dif more than one minor is depicted in the same material or live performance in violation of this section, the depiction of each individual minor or the material or live performance is a separate offense;

     (b) Each time the same minor is depicted in different material; and

     (c) Each time the same minor is depicted in a separate live performance.

Should I Hire A Utah Sex Crimes Lawyer Before Charges are Filed?

If you are aware that you may be accused of a sex crime, you should contact an experienced Utah sex crimes lawyer to advise you even if you are not currently charged. Once an rape, child porn possession or other sex crime investigation is underway, you need a lawyer to help prevent charges from being filed or to make sure you do not make missteps in dealing with law enforcement officers. You want to minimize the disruption to your every day life as you fight the charges in court.

A Utah sex crimes lawyer can assess the strength of the case against you, make certain that the offer from the prosecutor is fair, inform you of the collateral consequences of a conviction, and most importantly a lawyer can take your case to trial. The simple accusation of a sex crime like rape, forcible sex abuse, child sex abuse or possession of child porn can destroy someone’s life even if the allegation does not end in a conviction.
Hiring a tough, smart lawyer early on can make all the difference between a favorable and a disastrous outcome for you later on. If you are a witness in some cases, a Lawyer is advised, specifically if you are a witness who wants to claim husband-wife privilege. If you believe you may incriminate yourself if you testify, you need an lawyer to advise you as to whether you may appropriately refuse to testify based on your Fifth Amendment rights.

Utah Legal Definition: Voyeurism with a Device

In Utah, the crime of Voyeurism with a Device, is defined as secretly filming a person with a camcorder, cellphone or camera without a person’s knowledge can be a crime if the person being filmed has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Interestingly, Voyeurism does not require nudity. A person may be found guilty of Voyeurism for filming even if “that portion of the body is covered with clothing“. The Voyeurism with a Device statue, which is Utah Code Annotated 76-9-702.7, is as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of voyeurism who intentionally uses a camcorder, motion picture camera, photographic camera of any type, or other equipment that is concealed or disguised to secretly or surreptitiously videotape, film, photograph, record, or view by electronic means an individual:

(a) for the purpose of viewing any portion of the individual’s body regarding which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether or not that portion of the body is covered with clothing;

(b) without the knowledge or consent of the individual; and

(c) under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

(2) A violation of Subsection (1) is a class A misdemeanor, except that a violation of Subsection (1) committed against a child under 14 years of age is a third degree felony.

(3) Distribution or sale of any images, including in print, electronic, magnetic, or digital format, obtained under Subsection (1) by transmission, display, or dissemination is a third degree felony, except that if the violation of this Subsection (3) includes images of a child under 14 years of age, the violation is a second degree felony.

(4) A person is guilty of voyeurism who, under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Subsection (1), views or attempts to view an individual, with or without the use of any instrumentality:

(a) with the intent of viewing any portion of the individual’s body regarding which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy, whether or not that portion of the body is covered with clothing;

(b) without the knowledge or consent of the individual; and

(c) under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

(5) A violation of Subsection (4) is a class B misdemeanor, except that a violation of Subsection (4) committed against a child under 14 years of age is a class A misdemeanor.

Utah’s Legal Definition of Aggravated Exploitation of Prostitution

In Utah, a pimp would be guilty of aggravated exploitation of a prostitute if:

   (a) In committing an act of exploiting prostitution, as defined in section 76-10-1305, he uses any force, threat, or fear against any person; or

   (b) The person procured, transported, or persuaded or with whom he shares the proceeds of prostitution is under eighteen years of age or is the wife of the actor

Aggravated exploitation of prostitution is a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by up to 15 years in the Utah State Prison. Many alleged pimps and prostitute advertise on the internet through sites like backpage.com. Because of the ability to obtain customers through the internet many pimps and prostitute travel throughout the United States, moving from city to city and State to State. This is referred to as “riding the circuit”. Many Utah prosecutor take the attitude that they want the State of Utah to be the harshest on pimps and prostitutes as a way to discourage them from conducting business in Utah. Thus, if charged with a prostitution offense in the State of Utah, you should contact a Utah criminal defense attorney with experience with prostitution and sex solicitation offenses.

Utah Sex Crimes

Utah sex crimes are one of the most serious criminal charges one can face, and at the same time are one of the most difficult to defend. A sex crimes trial often turns into a battle of he said/she said with the jury determining the credibility of the witnesses. If convicted of a sex crime in Utah a defendant could face up to life in prison. It is also important to keep in mind that if convicted of certain Utah sex offenses, a defendant is not eligible for probation and faces a mandatory prison sentence. In addition, you may have to register for the rest of your life as a sex offender. The repercussions of being convicted of a sex crime are so extensive, that it can not be over emphasized how important it is to hire aggressive and experienced Utah criminal defense attorney as early as possible.