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The classy pedophile remembers to bring a Happy Meal for his date February 13, 2014

lake-operation-be-mine-6-021214Undercover deputies in Lake County have arrested 22 men in an underage sex sting, including three employees at Walt Disney World, and one man who brought a Happy Meal with him to meet what he thought was a girl between 12 and 14 years old.

The list of suspects arrested in what Sheriff Gary Borders called “Operation Be Mine” — just in time for Valentine’s Day — also included a man who worked at a miniature golf course, a paramedic, and a member of the National Guard.

A Walt Disney World spokesperson told News 13 the three employees arrested in the sting have been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“I’ve got a condom in my back pocket,” one man was heard saying on surveillance video from the scene. He was one of the nearly two dozen men caught by surprise as they arrived at a home expecting to meet an underage girl for sex, only to find deputies in uniform waiting for them.

Another man brought a bag filled with candy bars, beer and male sexual enhancement pills.

Sheriff Borders said the men were prowling Facebook and other websites that are popular among underage children.

“We encourage them to know where they are going online, what sites they are visiting,” said Borders. “We want them to have a relationship where the child feels comfortable enough to tell them if someone is contacting them online. And then, of course, we want them to contact us.”

The investigation has also led to additional charges for one Lake County man: David Griffith of Minneola, whom detectives said was trying to meet what turned out to be a real 7-year-old for sex in another county.

The 22 men face up to five years in prison each if convicted.

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22 arrested in Operation Be Mine

Source: Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Arrest No. 1

  • Name: Soto-Rossi, Marcos
  • Case Number: 140014917
  • Arrestee Age: 30
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Clermont, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Condom
  • Charges: Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery, Soliciting a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Tiger Direct in Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Vehicle Seized: 2005 Toyota Corolla

Arrest No. 2

  • Name: Hughes, Joey
  • Case Number: 140014918
  • Arrestee Age: 31
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Lakeland, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Premier Transportation–Truck driver

Arrest No. 3

  • Name: Baker, Brian
  • Case Number: 140014919
  • Arrestee Age: 25
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Maitland, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Terry Plumbing  Asheboro, NC

Arrest No. 4

  • Name: Griffith, David
  • Case Number: 140014920
  • Arrestee Age: 47
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Minneola, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Additional’ Charges: Transmission Harmful Materials to a Minor (two counts), Procuring a minor for prostitution
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: CTDI

Arrest No. 5

  • Name: Edge, Tyler
  • Case Number: 140014921
  • Arrestee Age: 23
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Kissimmee, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Knife and condom
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Abuelos (Restaurant)

Arrest No. 6

  • Name: Roach, Ryan
  • Case Number: 140014922
  • Arrestee Age: 25
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Sorrento, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: IGA Grocery Sorrento, FL
  • Vehicle Seized: 2006 Chevrolet Colorado

Arrest No. 7

  • Name: Vorobets, Alexander
  • Case Number: 140014923
  • Arrestee Age: 27
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Orlando, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Happy meal from McDonalds, condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Rachel’s Strip Club Orlando, FL

Arrest No. 8

  • Name: Samaroo, Paul
  • Case Number: 140014924
  • Arrestee Age: 31
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Ocoee, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Sysco Orlando, FL

Arrest No. 9

  • Name: Kingsolver, Robert
  • Case Number: 140014925
  • Arrestee Age: 49
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Clermont, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Walt Disney World

Arrest No. 10

  • Name: Dupler, Troy Allen
  • Case Number: 140014926
  • Arrestee Age: 43
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Clermont, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Hair Salon Owner

Arrest No. 11

  • Name: Penny, David REGISTERED SEXUAL OFFENDER IN LAKE COUNTY
  • Case Number: 140014927
  • Arrestee Age: 32
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: N/A
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Failure to Report Email Account Information
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Precision Landscape Management Clermont, FL

Arrest No. 12

  • Name: Holgerson, Patrick
  • Case Number: 140014928
  • Arrestee Age: 32
  • Child Age: 13
  • Location Traveled From: Clermont, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Solicit Parent/Guardian, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Solicit Guardian for Consent to Commit
  • Additional Charges: Sex Acts with Child through Assignation, Fail to Disclose HIV Status to Sexual Partner
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Walt Disney World

Arrest No. 13

  • Name: Torres, Joel
  • Case Number: 140014929
  • Arrestee Age: 32
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Apopka, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Walt Disney World

Arrest No. 14

  • Name: Will, Aaron
  • Case Number: 140014931
  • Arrestee Age: 23
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Largo, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: National Guard and Holiday Inn

Arrest No. 15

  • Name: Jobe, Nasib
  • Case Number: 140014932
  • Arrestee Age: 39
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Ocala, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: 4 candy bars, Beer, male enhancement pill and other items
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery,
  • Charges Cont’d: Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Jobe Trucking Ocala, FL
  • Vehicle Seized: 2005 Lexus IS 300

Arrest No. 16

  • Name: Alavarez, Angel Eduardo
  • Case Number: 140014933
  • Arrestee Age: 29
  • Child Age: 16
  • Location Traveled From: Clermont, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: 3 condoms, cigarettes, marijuana , two necklaces
  • Charges: Solicit Child, Traveling to meet a Minor, Procuring person under 18 for prostitutionm, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, contributing to delinquency of a minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: South Lake Computers Clermont, FL

Arrest No. 17

  • Name: Ovanounou, Ariel
  • Case Number: 140014934
  • Arrestee Age: 20
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Orlando, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: 3 condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: American Air Quality–AC Repair

Arrest No. 18

  • Name: Shofique, Belal
  • Case Number: 140014935
  • Arrestee Age: 33
  • Child Age: 16
  • Location Traveled From: Orlando
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Latex gloves
  • Charges: Soliciting a  Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to meet a Minor, Procuring a Person Under
  • Additional Charges: the Age of 18 for Prostitution
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Orange County Fire Rescue –Paramedic

Arrest No. 19

  • Name: Dove, Mathew
  • Case Number: 140014936
  • Arrestee Age: 20
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Groveland, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: 2 condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a  Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Wal-Mart

Arrest No. 20

  • Name: Parker, David Earl
  • Case Number: 140014938
  • Arrestee Age: 43
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Brycesville, FL (Nassau County)
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Three condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a  Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Napco (1-800 Flowers Vendor)

Arrest No. 21

  • Name: Jimenez, Adam Michael
  • Case Number: 140014939
  • Arrestee Age: 25
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Kissimmee, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: N/A
  • Charges: Soliciting a  Child for Sexual Acts (two counts), Traveling to meet a Minor
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Put-Put Golf

Arrest No. 22

  • Name: Sullivan, Nathan Taylor
  • Case Number: 140014940
  • Arrestee Age: 22
  • Child Age: 14
  • Location Traveled From: Webster, FL
  • Items Arrestee Brought: Condoms
  • Charges: Soliciting a  Child for Sexual Acts, Traveling to meet a Minor, Attempted L&L Battery
  • Arrestee’s Reported Employer: Owns a towing business
 

South Florida nudist says naked pictures of his daughters are family portraits January 6, 2014

South-Florida-nudist-says-naked-pictures-of-his-daughters-are-family-portraitsA South Florida man is defending himself in court after being charged with taking pornographic photographs of his three young daughters and sharing them by saying that the photos are standard family portraits for a nudist family.

A grand jury didn’t agree with the assessment of Brian Martens and voted to indict the 53-year-old on one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Matthewman viewed the photographs during a hearing Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach.

“Several of these photos the court has reviewed are lascivious. … They are, in the court’s opinion, sexually explicit,” Matthewman said.

Martens is being held without bail because he is a flight risk and he poses “a clear risk of danger to the community, and specifically to his daughters.”

According to prosecutors, the girls were between ages 8 and 12 when the photographs were taken.

James Eisenberg, Marten’s attorney, said that his client hired a professional family photographer to take the shots while he was living at a nudist colony.

“The girls have no clothes on … but they’re not doing anything of a sexual nature,” Eisenberg said. “If they were young ladies who had clothing on, no one would consider them pornographic. Totally nude … is the normal state of all the people who live there. In the context that everybody in this family are naturists … these photos are not lewd or pornographic in any way.”

Martens’ attorney did, however, agree that one photo the judge described as a closeup of a girl’s genital area, to be pornographic, but claimed Martens did not know the shot was taken and did not give permission for such a photo.

But federal agents found that this was not the case.

Homeland Security Investigations agents took notice of Martens earlier this year when they found the photos of his daughters on a computer belonging to Leslie Vanaman, 44, a neighbor in the private Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort in Loxahatchee Groves.

The owner of A Shade of Grey Photography, who billed himself as a family portrait photographer despite a seeming reference to the popular erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, is serving 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, including photographs of the Martens girls.

Agents discovered Martens had signed numerous releases and received and shared numerous pornographic images of children. Investigators also uncovered emails between Martens, the photographer and another man discussing the photographer’s “craft” and “the sensuality and sexuality” of the images.

Martens, who has pleaded not guilty, is facing between 15 and 30 years in federal prison if convicted of the child porn production charge, and five to 20 years if convicted of receiving child pornography.

 

If you’re into kiddie porn, it’s probably a good idea not to post it on Instagram November 20, 2013

untitledCollier County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Monday they said posted child pornography to the social networking site Instagram.

According to investigators, 18-year-old Sean Michael Rodriguez uploaded 20 pictures of boys age 6 to 12 engaging in sex acts alone or with each other.

Instagram alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which contacted the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a report, deputies obtained a search warrant for Rodriguez’s home and found 130 images of child porn on electronic devices.

Rodriguez faces 130 counts of possession of child porn. He was being held in the Collier County Jail with bail set at $650,000, according to jail records.

It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

 

Man who lives at nudist colony insists the naked pictures he takes of his children are portraits, not porn November 7, 2013

Filed under: Child Pornography,Controversy,Interesting,Sexual Exposure,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:21 pm

A South Florida nudist, arrested on charges that he helped take pornographic photographs of his three young daughters and shared them with other men, is putting on an unusual defense.

Brian Martens, 53, who was living at a nudist colony in Palm Beach County, is arguing that there is nothing pornographic about the pictures and that they are regular family portraits of a naturist family.

Federal prosecutors say they believe several of the photographs are clearly inappropriate and the final judgment call should lie with a trial jury. A grand jury has already voted there was enough evidence to indict Martens on one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Matthewman agreed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office after reviewing the photographs during a hearing Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach.

“Several of these photos the court has reviewed are lascivious. … They are, in the court’s opinion, sexually explicit,” Matthewman said.

The judge ordered Martens detained without bond pending his trial — on the grounds that he is a serious flight risk and poses “a clear risk of danger to the community, and specifically to his daughters.”

Federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations began scrutinizing Martens earlier this year when they found inappropriate photographs of his daughters on a computer that belonged to Leslie Grey Vanaman, 44, a neighbor of Martens in the private, gated Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort in Loxahatchee Groves in western Palm Beach County. The girls were between ages 8 and 12 when the photographs were taken, prosecutors said.

Marten’s attorney James Eisenberg agreed that one of the photographs is child pornography — one the judge described as a close-up shot of one of the girl’s genital area — but said his client did not know the photograph was taken and never gave his permission for it to be shot. Martens hired a professional family photographer to take family portraits, Eisenberg said.

“The girls have no clothes on … but they’re not doing anything of a sexual nature,” Eisenberg said. “If they were young ladies who had clothing on, no one would consider them pornographic.”

“Totally nude … is the normal state of all the people who live there,” Eisenberg said. “In the context that everybody in this family are naturists … these photos are not lewd or pornographic in any way.”

Martens, who was arrested Oct. 29, would face between 15 and 30 years in federal prison if convicted of the child porn production charge, and five to 20 years if convicted of receiving child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Vanaman, who billed himself as a professional photographer and owned A Shade of Grey Photography, was arrested on child porn production and receipt charges earlier this year.

Vanaman is serving 60 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography — including the photographs of Martens’ daughters and other children, prosecutors said. Vanaman already had a 2004 state conviction in New Jersey of possessing child pornography downloaded from the Internet, court records show.

When agents questioned Martens about the photographs in April, he told them he did not know that any inappropriate photographs had been taken, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandy Brentari Galler said.

“He cried as he viewed the images,” Galler said.

Martens told the agents he only gave permission for Vanaman to take naturist photos.

But further analysis of Vanaman’s computer revealed a very different story, Galler told the judge. Martens had signed releases and received on several occasions more than 50 photographs that contained child pornography of the three girls taken between 2010 and 2012, Galler said.

Agents also found emails between Martens, Vanaman and a third man in which they discussed Vanaman’s “craft” and “the sensuality and sexuality” of the images.

Martens wrote about “using his daughters as a passport ” and said they “opened doors” for him in the naturist community, Galler told the judge.

The photographs did not depict any sexual activity and included no images of overt sexual abuse or adults sexually abusing children, prosecutors and agents said. Indeed, some of the photographs showed the children innocently baking cookies while naked, they said.

 

Mom gets 54 years in prison for sexually abusing her children November 4, 2013

sarahadleta-jpg-20131025An Oviedo mother who sexually abused her children and produced pornography of the acts was sentenced to 54 years in federal prison Monday — more than twice as much time she was hoping to receive as part of her plea deal.

Prosecutors said Sarah and Jonathan Adleta made having sex with their two children a part of their parenting plan, and even after they divorced, the abuse continued.

Sarah Adleta pleaded guilty to two charges in May and testified against her ex-husband during his graphic trial last month.

Adleta also performed sex acts on her children while another man, Aaron Dixon, watched via Skype.

On Monday, Sarah’s sentencing hearing was, at times, as disturbing as her ex-husband’s trial.

Mental health counselor Cherilyn Rowland Petrie testified that the Adletas’ daughter, who was 4 years old when the FBI arrested the parents, was malnourished, not toilet-trained, was at the developmental level of an 18-month old, and had “sexualized” behaviors.

The child’s sexual behavior was so troubling to her caretakers, that she was removed from the home.

Sarah Adleta’s father, Leonard Lippy, made an emotional plea to U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr.: Give my daughter the maximum sentence possible.

“Sarah, justice is needed,” Lippy said.

Adleta asked the judge for mercy and said she allowed her ex-husband and Dixon to manipulate her. She said she is remorseful and will be “haunted” for the rest of her life.

Prosecutor Karen Gable, noting Adleta’s assistance, recommended the lower-end of the sentencing range, which would have been 27 years per count.

Public defender James Smith also pointed out that Adleta helped secure her ex-husband’s conviction, and also helped put two other people behind bars. Jonathan Adleta will be sentenced in December.

But Dalton reminded the court he had discretion to sentence Sarah Adleta to 27 years in prison per charge — and not a concurrent sentence as she may have hoped.

“The facts of this offense are particularly egregious,” Dalton said, noting the crimes are among the most “horrific” he has seen.

 

Teens face porn charges for allegedly posting pics of classmates having sex July 3, 2013

A Pasco County teen is facing felony porn charges after investigators say she took a picture of her friends having oral sex.

Deputies say the teens had a falling out, prompting the 15-year-old girl to send the photo out to other students at Wiregrass Ranch High School. One of those students — an 18-year-old boy — posted it on his Twitter account. For the few hours it was online, it was re-tweeted by his followers.

The 18-year-old who allegedly posted the pornographic picture on Twitter has refused to turn himself in. Detectives tell us they will call his attorney before obtaining an arrest warrant.

The teen who first distributed the photos is facing felony charges, despite being a minor herself.

 

Disney worker watched child porn at work while writing sermon May 16, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Child Pornography,Florida Nut,Fraud,Pedophile,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:13 pm

cuthbert-jpg-20130515A custodial manager at Disney’s Port Orleans resort is accused of watching child porn at work while writing an Easter sermon for a Sanford church where he is the pastor.

Cedric Eugene Cuthbert, 49, pastor of the Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sanford, worked for Disney for more than 7 years before his arrest. He has since been fired.

An employee-relations manager at Disney was alerted last month when Cuthbert tried to access several blocked websites from his work computer, the manager told Orange County deputies.

Disney’s monitoring system takes screen shots of employee computers every three seconds and recorded Cuthbert writing an Easter Sunday church sermon on John chapter 13 verses 1-35 and Psalm 148 while loading pornographic YouTube videos involving teenage girls.

That portion of the book of John tells the story of Jesus’ prediction of Judas’ betrayal and Psalm 148 tells all people to praise the Lord above all else.

Cuthbert faces charges of possession of material including sexual conduct by a child and soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices.

According to his arrest affidavit, Cuthbert worked an overnight shift at the Disney resort from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

He logged in with his employee credentials during a time when no other employees would have been at work, deputies said.

After watching one video, Cuthbert sent a message to the person who posted the video to YouTube that said, “You are so cute!… Keep making vids! Send me a private vid longer, I am a big fan of yours!”

When he got another video he said, “NICE FIND! THANKS for Sharing!!!”

Cuthbert is being held in the Orange County Jail without bail.

 

 
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