An undercover child sex sting in Florida led to the arrests of 17 predators including three Disney World employees and a registered nurse, Fox News reports.
Authorities named the sting “Operation Child Protector,” which involved undercover detectives posing as children between the ages of 13 and 14 on social media platforms, mobile apps and online dating sites to weed out child predators from July 27th to August 1st.
The suspects communicated with the detectives who they thought were children before showing up at separate times to an undercover location in Polk County to meet and sexually batter them, according to authorities.
One of the suspects, 26-year-old Kenneth Javier Aquino, was a lifeguard at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. He was arrested still wearing his Disney polo shirt, swimming trunks and Crocs, Polk County sheriff’s officials said.
Aquino allegedly communicated online with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, asking her to send photos, and sending her an explicit video of himself.
Officials added Aquino has a girlfriend who is 7 months pregnant with his child and he told deputies he is a Navy veteran.
Others arrested included 34-year-old Jonathan McGrew and his girlfriend 29-year-old Savannah Lawrence, who told deputies they were both custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios.
McGrew also tried to meet up with a 13-year-old girl, telling her he wanted to engage in a threesome with her and his girlfriend, the sheriff’s office said. He allegedly sent the undercover detective videos of him and his girlfriend performing sex acts on each other.
McGrew and Lawrence arrived together at the undercover location and were taken into custody, authorities said.
Disney World has not returned Fox News’ request for comment.
Also arrested in the sting was 47-year-old Juan Guadalupe-Arroyo, a registered nurse who was also arrested after communicating with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy, according to authorities.
Guadalupe-Arroyo allegedly told the boy he was 40 years old and detailed what he wanted to do with him sexually before arriving at the location with condoms.
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