45 year old man, never arrested for anything, at all, in his life. He is happily married, has two beautiful children, a good solid, but not overly lucrative, job.
He did exactly what you see on Dateline. He chatted online with what he believed to be a "13 year old girl." The subject matter of the chats was very explicit, and he sent explicit photographs of himself to her. After a number of chats, he set up a time to meet the girl. He brought condoms and lubricant. He was arrested by police at the meeting place.
Approximately 40-some blog-readers have already responded and told you what they think his sentence will be, and what they think it should be. Their responses ranged from "2 days community service" to "off with his head."
Now, it's our turn. This new client just came into your office and laid out these facts to you. When he says, "So, how bad is it? What's going to happen to me?" what do you tell him?
Or, prosecutors, you've just gotten this set of facts (and the corresponding evidence) from a detective. What kind of plea offer are you putting forth? What kind of sentence do you think the guy will ultimately get?
You can also say where you work if you want (it might give us some context), but you certainly don't have to.
If you want, you can share what you think should happen to him, but, again, you certainly don't have to. (I can see how it might be bad business for private attorneys to say, "I think he should fry.")
I'll post my thoughts either as an update here or in the comments within a couple of days.
If you're not a lawyer, please post your comments at Testing the Waters. That should make it easier to know who the comments are coming from, when so many people leave anonymous comments.