Operation Cyber Guardian II saw 13 men total arrested and facing 41 felonies and 3 misdemeanor charges after detectives conducted a week-long undercover child sex sting operation.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office has done it again. Operation Cyber Guardian saw the arrest of 13 men, 2 of whom worked for Disney, attempting to prey upon and travel to meet minor children to perform sexual acts. The sheriff’s office worked alongside local and state law enforcement during the investigation.
42-year-old Kevin Sanders of Winter Garden, who was taken into custody at Disney World, where he has worked for 16 years. He worked at the park as a roving IT support specialist, but had previously worked as a member of Disney’s Youth Education Series Program, which offers accredited educational programs to students ages 5 to 18, officials said.
Joshua Cummins, 28, was also arrested in the operation after allegedly traveling to the undercover location thinking he would be meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex, officials said. He told cops he was employed as a construction subcontractor and was currently building a new roller coaster at Disney.
He was charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex, use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony, and attempted lewd battery. He was released on an $18,000 bond.
Working jointly with Chris Hansen of “To Catch a Predator,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office targeted suspects accused of attempting to “sexually abuse, groom, and corrupt” children, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday.
“They’re not the kind of guy that robs. steals and burgles. They’re the kind of criminal that attacks your children,” Sheriff Judd said.
Eight of the suspects showed up to an undercover location in Polk County under the impression they were meeting with a minor child for sex.
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 arranged for the minor to have sex with the suspect.
The 13 men are collectively facing 41 felony and three misdemeanor charges including 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.
According to the sheriff’s office, two of the suspects told detectives they were married, two brought condoms to the undercover location and two brought illegal drugs.
“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,” Judd said. “Check their devices regularly, and ensure parental controls are enabled to keep men like these away from your kids.”
There is a major problem at Disney and it’s not the supposed “racist” Splash Mountain. You would think by now they would start to worry about how many more of their employees are going to be arrested for human trafficking and pedophilia. Or is that just not a priority for the Disney company?