41 nabbed in Polk County online sex sting - FOX 13 News

41 nabbed in Polk County online sex sting

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

Dozens of people from all over the country were arrested in Polk County over the last few days. Detectives say they all traveled there to have sex with children.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the weeklong multi-agency sting the largest in the county's history. It ended Saturday with 41 arrests.

"You see people. We see monsters," Judd said as he unveiled the poster of mugshots.

According to the sheriff's office, the 40 men and one women responded to ads and chatted on several social media sites, which included backpage and craigslist, with detectives and investigators from 12 agencies.

"Despite the fact our detectives have conducted nine of these operations since 2006; despite the extensive media coverage when we talk about the numerous arrests; despite the fact we make no secret about putting suspects in jail – there are those who continue to travel to Polk County to have sex with a child," Judd said in a release announcing the arrests.

The arrestees included a costume assistant at Disney World, a Lake Wales church deacon, and a 35-year-old who allegedly showed up with his 18-year-old girlfriend and a bag of sex toys.

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