Disney employee among 38 arrested in Polk child sex sting
A fifth-grade teacher and youth soccer coach, a registered sex offender from Hernando County and a Disney employee are among 38 men charged as part of a sex sting operation involving minors in Polk County. The men were charged as part of "Operation Cyber Child," a 10-day extensive undercover operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE); U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and various other area law enforcement agencies. "You see people here," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "We see monsters." Only five of the men, who ranged in age from 19 to 52, came from Polk County, and one came from as far away as California.Judd said some came with alcohol, candy, condoms and bondage tools, with the intent to "have sex with children as young as 11." This is the ninth such operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Central Florida ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) task force coordinator, and yielded the largest number of arrests. During the operation, undercover detectives posted fictitious ads or profiles on various websites (such as Craigslist) posing as children or as custodians of children. "We think we've seen it all until the next one walks through the door, and then we see something that seems to be a little more bizarre than the last time," Judd said. The men responded to the ads and then proceeded to chat online, email, text and talk on the phone with the undercover detectives who posed as children online. The suspects solicited for sex acts, sent pornographic pictures and live web-cam images of themselves, and asked for nude photos of the children to be sent to them. Several of the men drove to the house to follow through with the promises made online to engage in sexual activity with the juveniles. Among those charged: Judd said the investigation is ongoing. "If we didn't get you in this arrest or the last arrest, and you still do this, we'll get you in (next time)," Judd said. "I know we haven't arrested them all because every time we have an operation we arrest more." MEN CHARGED: Steven Allen, 29, Orlando John Bandel, 33, Addison, Ill. Luis Bermudez, 46, Davenport Jason Bouck, 36, Sherrill, N.Y. Casimiro Carino, 25, Orlando Matthew Chillcott, 43, Orlando Daniel Cintron, 25, Winter Garden David Cook, 50, Lake Hamilton William Corley, 37, Winter Garden Richard Corti, 42, Maitland Jason Crain, 37, Orlando Anthony David, 24, Tampa Walter Exantus, 19, Fort Benning, Ga. Larry Falde, 46, Casselberry Justin Franco, 20, Winter Springs Richard Green, 32, Lakeland Rueben Jaime, 26, Orlando Christopher Jekov, 23, Deltona Dong-Kyu Kang, 23, Unknown Ryan Loewen, 27, Melbourne Phil Luna, 52, San Jose, Calif. Jean Marc Luxcien, 30, Orlando Michael Maskalenko, 27, Orlando Randy May, 46, Lake Wales Kenneth McCracken, 21, Titusville Mark Noethen, 22, Orlando Anthony Ochoa, 33, Kissimmee Joshua Rivas, 21, Poinciana Javier Rosario, 48, Haines City Collin Rosser, 32, Orlando Zleymen Sanchez, 21, St. Cloud Omee Santiago, 24, Kissimmee Wilson Silva, 31, Brooksville Todd Simmerman, 22, Titusville Johnny Thomas, 28, Palmetto Shaun Unertl, 20, Orlando Michael Wells, 25, Altamonte Springs Warren White, 30, St. Mary's, Ga.
News Channel 8 reporter Jennifer Leigh contributed to this report.
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