Weird Criminal Law Stories # 405: Only in Florida Redux

FLORIDA: An old saying goes – Candy is dandy but incest is best! Don’t believe it! We learn in a recent report that Mr. Aron Fink, a Deerfield man, left home one Thursday in August believing he was going to meet his new incest family. Instead, the 43-year-old Mr. Fink met an undercover deputy he had been communicating with for months online about his fantasy of starting an incest family. The deputy had been posing as a mother of two girls 8 and 12-years-old, and Mr. Fink wanted to engage in sex acts with the mother and the daughters. Of course, Mr. Fink was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriffs’ deputies who charged him with using a computer to solicit consent from parents to conduct sex acts on children. The online relationship between the officer posing as the mother and Fink lasted almost three months. According to the arrest report Mr. Fink wanted to have children with the woman, in addition to having sex with her young daughters. He allegedly said they would have a “nice family.” Mr. Fink is now spending time in the Palm Beach County jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.

 

FLORIDA: The first shall be last and the last shall be first, maybe? A Lake County corrections officer recently agreed to a plea agreement that will give him 15 years in a federal prison. Why? Greed. In early 2015 officer Robert Brown 32, allegedly began smuggling contraband into the Coleman Federal Correctional complex in Sumter County in exchange for cash. Federal agents began monitoring Brown’s action after an inmate told officials that Brown was providing cellphones, tobacco, synthetic marijuana and unknown pills to him. Agents soon set up a sting between Brown and a cooperating witness. In the sting Brown was caught accepting $2,600 in exchange for contraband. When confronted by the agents Brown confessed he had illegally negotiated $7,100 in cash payments in return for smuggling cellphones, tobacco, drugs and other items to inmates.

 

FLORIDA: The question was, what are they smoking? We learn that allowing a barbecue’s aroma to blow beyond one’s property is illegal in Pinellas County – at least according to a county environmental agency. A department official was recently caught on video “grilling” a resident for allowing the smoky smell to waft into his a neighbor’s ambient air.