Boca Raton, FL – A 48-year-old real estate agent is facing charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and child cruelty after he allegedly took inappropriate photos of teenage girls using his iPad.
Police were notified on Jan. 14 after the mother of a 17-year-old girl told police her daughter was sending pictures of herself to an older man.
The 17-year-old claims the man took pictures of her and her 15-year-old friend topless with his iPad in his office.
The teens told police the man gave them alcohol and $100 for every picture he snapped of them.
According to police, cell phone records indicate the man sent the 17-year-old girl inappropriate text messages asking for “sexy” photos.
The man denied taking lewd photos of the girls.
Police conducted a search of the man’s computer, iPad tablet, Blackberry phone and thumb drives and allegedly found 12 photos of the teens, some of which were classified as lewd.
The man was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail Friday with bail set at $91,000.
Lewd conduct charges cover any type of inappropriate sexual behavior. While lewd conduct charges may seem relatively minor compared to other sexual offenses, they are prosecuted rather harshly, especially if children are involved. Lewd conduct that involves minors will be charged as a felony offense. A conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct could result in lengthy time behind bars, so it is best to act fast and contact a sex crimes defense attorney who can immediately begin preparing a powerful defense on your behalf.
If you are convicted of lewd conduct with a minor, you will be required to register as a sex offender. This label will follow you for the rest of your life, and will make your once private information available to the public. Make no mistake, lewd and lascivious conduct charges are quite severe. A Florida Sex Crimes Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you with your case and advise you on how you should proceed. If it is at all possible, we will work with prosecutors to have your charges dropped or reduced so that you can avoid the stigma attached to being a registered sexual offender or predator. If you have been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, contact us today online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529 to receive a free and confidential consultation.
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