Last Friday the Polk County Sheriff’s office announced that 160 people were arrested in the latest human trafficking sting enforcement operation.
160 people were arrested in the seven-day undercover human trafficking operation called “Operation Fall Haul 2.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters last week a Disney worker was arrested in the sting:
Sheriff Judd on Thursday held another press conference and announced more Disney employees were arrested in part 2 of last week’s human trafficking sex sting dubbed “Operation Cyber Guardian II.”
“We arrested 173 in our fall operation, not just 160,” Sheriff Judd said.
Disney employees were among the 13 men arrested.
28-year-old Joshua Cummins of Davenport, FL was employed as a construction subcontractor and was currently building a new rollercoaster at Disney.
Joshua Cummins was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex and one count of attempted lewd battery.
42-year-old Kevin Sanders of Winter Garden worked for Disney for 16 years.
Sanders was charged with one count of transmitting harmful material to a minor and one count of using a computer to solicit a child for sex.
“We will continue to conduct proactive operations like this to search out these evil predators before they get to our children. Thanks to the hard work of our detectives and the detectives in our partnering agencies, these 13 predators have been arrested. We are going hold them criminally accountable for their attempts to sexually abuse, groom, and corrupt our children. Parents please get all in your child’s business when it comes to their use of electronic devices that gives them access to online gaming, mobile applications, texting, or the internet. Check their devices regularly, and ensure parental controls are enabled to keep men like these away from your kids.” – Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.
Full statement from Sheriff Grady’s office on the 13 men arrested during the undercover operation “Operation Cyber Guardian II”:
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 13 men during a week long undercover operation “Operation Cyber Guardian II” during which detectives posed as children on social media platforms, mobile apps, and online dating sites to investigate those who prey upon and travel to meet children for unlawful sexual activity. PCSO was assisted in the effort by police departments from Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, and Tampa, as well as the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Office of the State Attorney 10th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Brian Haas. Click here for Sheriff Judd’s comments.
The suspects communicated with and solicited who they thought were children online. Eight suspects showed up at an undercover location in Polk County at separate times to meet who they thought were children, to sexually batter them. Detectives obtained warrants for five other suspects who were arrested and booked into jails in their respective counties. Three of the suspects believed they were speaking with a parent or guardian of a child who wanted to teach their “child” to have sex or arranging for the minor to have sex with the suspect.
In all, detectives arrested 13 suspects, who face a total of 41 felony and 3 misdemeanor charges which include: traveling to meet a minor for sex, attempted lewd battery, use of a computer to seduce a child, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and transmission of material harmful to a child. Two of the suspects told detectives they were married; two brought condoms; two brought illegal drugs.
Of the suspects who had warrants, all of them sent sexually explicit images and/or videos to who they thought were 13, 14, or 15-year-old girls, or 14-year-old boys. Two of the suspects are from another county and are in custody there, in Orange and Brevard counties.