3 Walt Disney employees and nurse were among 17 arrested pedophiles
A massive law enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of 17 sexual predators, including three employees of the children's entertainment corporation, Walt Disney World.
During the investigation, six undercover police officers managed to find an organized group of kidnappers. Nine of those arrested had previous prison sentences.
“These are nasty, nasty people,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a news conference. “We can’t even use the words that they used. We obviously can’t show the pictures and video clips that they sent to what they thought were 13-year-old little girls and little boys.”
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Several Disney World employees arrested for attempting to have sex with children.
Detectives arrested 17 suspects of varying professions, during an undercover operation focused on online adult predators. @BN9 pic.twitter.com/3Va26aFHrQ
17 suspects, who face a total of 49 felony and two misdemeanor charges which include: traveling to meet a minor for sex, attempted lewd battery, use of a computer to seduce a child, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and transmission of material harmful to a child; six suspects brought condoms, and nine suspects have criminal histories (with 27 total previous felonies, and 22 total previous misdemeanors), reports Breaking911.
The Disney World employees included Savannah Lawrence, 29, of Kissimmee, and Jonathan McGrew, 34, of Kissimmee, who worked as custodians at Walt Disney’s Hollywood Studios, WFLA reported.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the couple wanted to engage in a threesome with who they believed was a 13-year-old girl and role play as step-parents and stepdaughter in a shoplifting scenario, the television station reported.
“(Jonathan) said to the child, ‘We want to enjoy this opportunity, we don’t want to rush. Even at the conclusion maybe we can cuddle a little bit,’” Judd told reporters. “Are you kidding me? That’s how you talk to 13-year-old children?”
The other Disney employee was Kenneth Javier Aquino, 26, a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Judd said.
“He left his girlfriend, who is seven months pregnant with his child, to have sex with a child,” Judd told reporters. “He’s a Navy veteran,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters. “That’s right. He was working toward a dive team or a SEAL team or some kind of special ops job.”
A complete list of the defendants and charges can be found here.