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Crime 3 Walt Disney Employees Among 17 Suspects Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Operation

01:46  04 august  2021
01:46  04 august  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Among the individuals arrested were three Walt Disney World employees , a registered nurse, and a married man from California, Fox 13 reported Tuesday. The six-day operation targeted individuals who allegedly used the internet to prey on kids, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. During a press conference, Sheriff Grady Judd showed photos of the suspects and detailed the undercover operation : News Conference August 3 , 2021. Sheriff Grady Judd is briefing the media about Operation Child Protector, a six-day long undercover investigation focusing on those who prey upon children

Two Disney employees and a former teacher have been arrested in a child pornography sting in Florida. Key points: Despite possessing child pornography, one of the Disney workers insisted he is "not a monster". Police arrest one man on his way to meet a child . One of the men arrested is charged with more 250 offences. "The people arrested during this operation prey on the most innocent and vulnerable among us — our children ," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. "The undercover detectives who investigate these crimes have to see things that nobody should have to see, and no

Three Walt Disney employees were among the 17 suspects arrested following an undercover child predator operation in Florida.

a close up of a sign: The Polk County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday that 17 suspects were arrested following the completion of an undercover child predator operation. Three of the 17 were identified as employees at Walt Disney World. © Larry W. Smith/Getty The Polk County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday that 17 suspects were arrested following the completion of an undercover child predator operation. Three of the 17 were identified as employees at Walt Disney World.

On Tuesday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said 17 suspects were arrested following the completion of their undercover child predator operation, titled "Operation Child Protector."

In a press release, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said three of the 17 suspects worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. According to the sheriff's office, one of the Disney employees was identified as 26-year-old Kenneth Javier Aquino of Orlando.

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- Over a dozen arrests were made following six days of undercover detectives targeting those who use the internet to prey on children , according to officials. In total, 17 suspects face 49 felonies and two misdemeanors, according to a news release by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The suspects were from the central Florida area, specifically Clewiston, Davenport, Kissimmee, Orlando, Polk City, and Zephyrhills. One was visiting from Los Angeles. Six suspects brought condoms to the undercover location, detectives said, thinking they were meeting a 13-year-old or 14-year-old to have sex.

Disney has downplayed the arrests , insisting that the theme park is so large that those arrested account for a just 0.01 percent of its overall workforce. Dailymail.co.uk reports: But Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said paedophiles have obvious reasons for wanting to work at the resort and wants compulsory ‘lie detector’ polygraph One of those arrested in Polk County Police’s latest crackdown was 26-year-old Zachary Spencer, a ticket supervisor at the Magic Kingdom. ‘Spencer initiated contact with an undercover detective via a social networking site’, police said in a statement last week.

"On July 27, 2021, Aquino engaged in an online conversation on a social networking site with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. He asked the 'girl' to send photos, and sent her an explicit video of himself," the sheriff's office said in the press release.

According to the press release, after Aquino asked the "girl" for her address and when he arrived to an undercover location, he was arrested by detectives "without incident."

"He told deputies that he is a lifeguard at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World. When he arrived at the undercover location he was still wearing his Disney polo shirt, swimming trunks, and Crocs," the sheriff's office said, adding that Aquino was also a "Navy veteran and has a pregnant girlfriend."

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Two former Disney employees have reportedly been arrested in a Florida child pornography sting. Donald Durr Jr., 52, and Brett Kinney, 40, were both arrested after they were found in possession of child pornography. Kinney reportedly told detectives that he had an addiction to child pornography and has been viewing it for 22 years and had been searching for pornography involving boys from toddlers to 10 years old. Durr was a custodial worker for Walt Disney World Resorts, while Kinney was a guest experience manager at Disney World who had been employed by the company for 15 years.

Disney resorts employee thousands, and this dude worked in one of the institutional kitchens. That’s not really any different than being a cook at a hotel in downtown Chicago or at major summer resort in the Ozarks. I had a friend in prison who had clear evidence that the undercover cop told him she was 19 on four different occasions through Facebook messenger and then allegedly sent him an email saying she was 14. He never responded to the email, he claims he never received it.

Aquino was booked into Polk County Jail and charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex; one count of attempted lewd battery; and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office identified two other individuals that were employed at Walt Disney parks and were arrested following the operation. The sheriff's office arrested 34-year-old Jonathan McGrew of Kissimmee and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Savannah Lawrence.

According to the press release, McGrew began an online conversation with an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl on August 1 and he told the "girl" that "he wanted her to come to his apartment and have sex with him and his girlfriend, Savannah Lawrence."

The press release said after McGrew asked for an address to meet the "girl" he and his girlfriend took an Uber to the location where they were arrested by detectives.

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Among the 17 , accused of possessing and sharing child porn, were two Disney workers and one was a former middle school assistant principal, officials said. “The people arrested during this operation prey on the most innocent and vulnerable among us -- our children . The undercover detectives who investigate these crimes have to see things that nobody should have to see, and no child should have to experience. Each one of these arrests has removed a predator from our streets, and the internet," said Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release.

Two Disney World employees were among 17 arrested following a month-long child pornography sting operation by the the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. A Disney spokesperson told CNN that Kinney is no longer employed with the company following his arrest in the sting. 17 men arrested as part of child porn sting operation Guardians of Innocence IV: Fall Haul. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office). Another man, 52-year-old Donald Durr, Jr., also told detectives he was a custodial worker for Walt Disney World Resorts, the press release states.

Both McGrew and Lawrence "told deputies that they are custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios."

McGrew and Lawrence were both charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex and one count of attempted lewd battery. McGrew was also charged with two counts of of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

Newsweek reached out to Disney for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

"It's so important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing online. They need to be all up in their kids' business when it comes to monitoring their child's access to the internet," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement sent to Newsweek.

In addition to the three Disney employees, 14 other suspects were also arrested following the completion of the operation. "In all, detectives arrested 17 suspects, who face a total of 49 felony and two misdemeanor charges," the sheriff's office said.

During a recent press conference announcing the completion of the operation Judd said "These are nasty, nasty people."

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Judd continued,"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."

A full list of the 17 arrested suspects and the charges they face can be found here.

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