Posted: 8:21 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

50 charged in central Florida child predator sting


Fifty people, including two teachers, were arrested in connection with a multi-county child predator operation in central Florida.

The investigation began on the Internet with postings on message boards and in chat sites. Investigators said the men exchanged photos and even had lengthy conversations with what they thought were children, and in some cases, the parents of those children.

Investigators said each suspect then traveled to Seminole County, thinking they were going to be having sex with children.

A young woman met every suspect at the door of the meet-up home, and hidden deputies arrested them as they entered.

Now, each suspect now faces felony charges.

Officials said among those arrested in the sting were tourists, college students, businessmen and several school employees.

Suspect Duncan St. Gelais, 25, is an English teacher at New Smyrna Beach High School, while Jorge Ferreira, 43, works at Ocoee Middle School.

Officials in Ocoee said Ferreira didn’t show up for work on Monday, and Orange County said it is still waiting for him to self-report the arrest.

Officials said Ferreira will not be allowed back on school grounds but will be placed on paid leave until the board acts.

The suspects range in age from 19 to 60, authorities said.

Law enforcement with every central Florida county was involved in the operation, as well as many police departments and the FBI.

Investigators said many of the men went as far as to make phone calls and exchange photos, trying to determine if it was a sting operation.

"Most of the men that traveled all asked us if we were law enforcement officers," said Maj. Dennis Lemma of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. "They all suspected that this might be a sting. They feared apprehension but came anyway."

Investigators said specialists in computer forensics are going through each suspect's computer looking for evidence of past crimes or other possible victim.

Only one of the 50 men arrested had a prior conviction for sex crimes and was a registered sex offender.

All of the cases will now head to the state attorney's office.

The sting was named Operation Cardea, which authorities said was named after the Roman goddess Cardea, who serves as protector of the home.


Suspect listing below:

Kory Scott Weber5/4/198725Mount Dora
Kyle Joseph Vicini7/12/198626Orlando
Anthony Rozek Wilks2/1/199220Sanford
Steven Edward Rader1/28/195854St. Cloud
Richard Dennis Johnson8/20/196547Morrisville
Edwin Calderon De Leon10/10/199121Orlando
Joshua Kenneth Meyer11/20/199022Orlando
Duncan J St Gelais4/28/198725Ormond Beach
Brandon Harvy Francis4/30/199319Sanford
Horacio F. Rivera Jr6/3/198032Altamonte Springs
Robert Morris Daras7/6/195854Altamonte Springs
Seth Buma8/17/199319Sanford
Patrick C. Millis2/4/198626Melbourne
Christopher S. Ruiz5/16/199121Orlando
Peter J. Kolva2/20/196943Sanford
Romy Saint Pierre5/23/198329Orlando

Terry J. Whippie5/25/196349Hudson
Jorge L. Vazquez6/23/197933Kissimmee
Ryan M Holland9/11/199121Melbourne
Daniel A. Yacenda3/1/197933Debary
Matthew R. Cubberly8/25/198626Kissimmee
Jacob I. Bomboy7/6/199022Winter Park
Hayden A. Ferrell1/3/199419Oviedo
Wesley P. Ritchie8/12/196448Oviedo
Max W. Yehnert6/12/199121Cocoa
John E. Gutierrez Larrea3/23/198626Winter Park
Ruben Santos6/6/198329Haines City
Richard Vega Collazo5/20/197735Kissimmee
Collin S. Morrison9/10/198626Deltona
Alexander Lopez6/24/197537Casselberry
John L. Jenkins6/17/195854Orlando
Michael A. Henson5/31/195260Orlando
Robert F. Donnini III2/11/199319Orlando
Ronald Lee Dotson12/8/195953Oviedo
Ryan E. Sizemore12/2/198824Orlando
Danny Thomas, Jr.4/14/198329Deland
Johnathan P. Chapman8/13/198725Sanford
David M. Miller10/10/197933Altamonte Springs
Jason Perez3/14/198626Miami
Gary Antich2/14/198032Daytona Beach
Jorge Daniel Ferreira1/17/196943Orlando
Anthony Mina Wahba2/14/199220Kissimmee
Joshua Bryan9/18/199022Orlando
Jonathan Adamow10/11/198824Orlando
James Ryan Tolison9/20/198725Apopka
Joseph Donald Hoeflinger10/8/195359Winter Springs
Michael Edwin Midgley8/5/198725Orlando
John Anthony Malino7/13/198824Orlando
Gabriel Efrain Karell11/3/199220Orlando
Derek Aaron Salzburg11/7/198923Orlando

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