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Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement officer are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.

"These people are so fixated on attacking your children that they throw caution to the wind," said Judd.

He cited one case, where the suspect had a feeling he was communicating with a law enforcement officer.

"Mister, the opportunity to have sex with a 13-year old boy overrode every bit of my common sense," said Judd.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says his agency participated in the hope of getting these sick individuals off the street.

"These guys aren't stopping," said Gualtieri. "This is a finite part of our population. But they are hell bent and they don't care. And they're willing to take the risk, because they have this urge that they have and this deviant behavior that they have and they're willing to."

The 4-month-long operation landed 132 people in jail on a variety of charges. The most common being traveling to meet a minor and using an on line service to lure/entice a minor.

The former law enforcement officer who was arrested used to be with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, according to the Florida Times Union which reported that Brian McRee, 51, had a bottle of liquor, a gun, a computer with child pornography, a digital camera and an injectable treatment for erectile dysfunction with him when he was arrested.

Social Media expert, Alex Hinojosa believes the internet allows people to hide, or assume another identity. He believes parents must guard children from on-line predators. "Gone are the days that you'd have to go to a park to try to try to find a victim. They can sit in their little creepy rooms and surf the internet, literally fishing for their next victim" he said.

Law enforcement agencies from across Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area released the results of their joint investigation on Tuesday morning at a news conference.

Representatives from the following agencies attended the news conference: Orange County Sheriff's Office, Orlando Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Sanford Police Department, United States Air Force - Office of Special Investigations, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Clearwater Police Department, and others.

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