Florida Cybersex Sting Nets Men Who Worked at Disney World and other Tourist Attractions
The latest installment in Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd's crusade to crack down on Internet child sex offenders led to the arrest of no less than 22 men, each one of them looking to have sex with girls whom they believed to be between the ages of 10 and 14. Instead of finding a young girl, the men who entered the designated meeting spot in Clermont, Florida got the surprise of their lives when sheriff's deputies burst on the scene instead.
Although stings like these have become commonplace across the nation, Operation L&P, named for the two participating Florida counties, Lake and Polk, made national press because its details were especially salacious. Several of the men arrived with sex toys; one had allegedly brought along a whip.
What's more, several of the men arrested worked in places where they were able to interact children regularly. One was employed by Disney World and another by Sea World; a third offender worked at Universal Studios. Perhaps the most disturbing case was that of 22-year-old Ahmad Saleem, a community activist and youth counselor whose specialty license plates read "Invest in Children." Saleem allegedly arrived at the meeting spot allegedly hoping to have sex with a 12-year-old.
Operation L&P also went after prostitutes, making 79 arrests at the same Clermont location. Critics noted that Sheriff Judd judged defendants harshly; he allegedly sneered at one man, who drives a luxury car but who also receives food stamps. Judd speculated that perhaps the man was "saving his food money to engage in prostitution." Statements like these can win points with the press and grab headlines. But they also create a demonizing atmosphere in which it becomes hard for people unjustly accused of cybersex crimes to receive equal justice under the law.
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