LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Channel 9 has learned cybercrime detectives in Lake County arrested 22 people they said traveled to meet who they thought were minors for sex.
Authorities said nearly two-dozen people drove to a home in Clermont where they thought they were meeting 13-, 14- and 16
-year-olds for sex.
Cybercrimes detectives posed online as children or parents willing to allow their children to have sex.
"You wish nobody would show up, to be honest, but quite honestly there's bad guys out there and that's what we're here for," said Sheriff Gary Borders.
Investigators said many of the 22 suspects showed up with condoms, while some had candy and alcohol.
"They'll bring whatever it is to what they think is enticing a child," said Borders. "Anything from a
Happy Meal to candy, different things they bring that they think will make a child happy."
Authorities said suspects Patrick Holgerson, Joel Torres and Robert Kinsolver all work at Disney World.
Another suspect is an Orange County firefighter paramedic, according to investigators.
"They come from all walks of life, that's all I can say," said Borders.
Other suspects have been identified as Adam Michael Jimenez, Nasib Jobe, David Parker, Nathan Sullivan and Aaron Will.