• Deputies: 5 arrested on charges of performing lewd acts in Polk Co. park


    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Five men were arrested on charges of performing lewd acts in a Polk County park, according to deputies.

    Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives said they conducted an undercover operation at Saddle Creek Park on Morgan Combee Road, near Lakeland and Winter Haven in response to complaints of lewd activity taking place there.

    Investigators said Kevin Condor, 42, Jesus Garcia, 51, Patrick Hayes Jr., 60, Robert Lash, 74, and James Preston Fleming, 67, asked undercover detectives to perform sex acts with them.

    "Our detectives again went out to Saddle Creek Park to arrest those who commit lewd acts in public places. Yet again, we found two men who have already been trespassed from parks for the same type of lewd behavior. We will continue to conduct undercover operations such as these to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior in our county parks,” said Sheriff Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff's Department.

    Detectives said Lash and Fleming were additionally charged with trespassing, because they had been previously arrested at the park for lewd acts, and as a result, were forbidden from being at any county park.

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