• 39 arrests in undercover Polk County child sex sting, prostitution bust, deputies say

    By: WFTV Web Staff


    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Nearly 40 people were arrested in an undercover sting targeting people who traveled to Polk County for the sole purpose to have sex with minors and online prostitution, deputies said.

    The undercover sting took place from May 15 to May 21.

    The men responded to online ads they thought were from children, but were really from undercover detectives, deputies said.

    Photos: FDLE search for wanted sex offenders/predators

    "These predators are really out there, trying to violate children. All it takes is one glance at the conversations these predators have with our undercover detectives. They lurk in chat rooms and online, ready to groom and violate your children. Fortunately, we've prevented at least 19 of them from doing so. The things that these predators say to children are vile, disgusting and not fit for anyone except trained detectives to read. And even seasoned, trained detectives are repulsed. These predators need to be locked up, and stay locked up and away from children,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a news release.

    The suspects solicited who they thought were children as young as 10 years old for sex acts, deputies said.

    Six of the suspects are from Polk County, Davenport, Haines City, Kissimmee, Lake Wales, and Lakeland, deputies said.

    Photos: Mugshots of the 39 people arrested

    The other 13 people drove from Orlando, Plant City, Brandon, Tampa, Pasco County, Ocala, Jacksonville, Pinnellas County, Cocoa and Palm Bay to meet the children for sex, deputies said.

    39 people were arrested in child porn, prostitution sting, Polk County Sheriff Office said.
    Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office

    Traveling to meet a minor arrests:

    Alan John Lovejoy, 41, of Lakeland

    Emmanuel Vincent, 25, Cocoa

    Michael Grove, 26, Davenport

    Omar Paz, 21, Plant City

    Nicholas Ramos, 20, Palm Bay

    Matthew Craig Booth, 19, Orlando

    Wayne Keith Parry, 53, Orlando

    Mohamed Catila, 27, Orlando

    Victor Sayan-Arias, 29, Brandon

    Eric Norris, 28, Jacksonville

    Juan Carlos Castro, 35, Lakeland

    Tyler Duncan, 26, Tampa

    Fouad Jelda, 29, Kissimmee

    Robert Wright, 55, Hudson

    Robert Heintz, 41, Kissimmee

    Arnaldo Madera, 30, Orlando

    Donnie Hallock, 31, Orlando

    Reginald Donnell Neal, 20, Haines City

    Raul Alberto Rivera, 21, Pinellas Park

    Child pornography arrest:

    Todd Alan Sebring, 49, Lake Wales

    Prostitution-related arrests:

    Cassandra Zepeda, 23, unknown location

    Robert Heard, 47, Winter Haven

    Joseph William Bil, 21, Ocala

    Leah Alessandrini, 33, Davenport

    Cheri Malkemes, 26, Davenport

    Dushaun Mohammed Bonaparte, 23, Orlando

    David Oliverso, 32, Davenport

    Sara Rochell Thomas, 25, Davenport

    Robert Alexander Zarate, 45, Davenport

    Kimberly Rose, 48, Ocala

    Ramon Vendrell, 27, Davenport

    Raevon McBride, 26, Kissimmee

    Khody Sanford, 22, Highland Park, MI

    Vanessa Renee James, 29, Orlando

    Samuel Edward Nelsen, 32, Clermont

    Aaron Realmuto, 27, Winter Garden

    Paula Zuniga-Casteneda, 28, Orlando

    Diana Espinosa, 26, Orlando

    Richard Weisburg, 60, Clermont

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