Polk deputies arrest 5 men for soliciting lewd acts - FOX 13 News

Polk deputies arrest 5 men for soliciting lewd acts

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Polk County deputies have arrested five men who solicited undercover detectives for lewd acts at Saddle Creek Park.

The sheriff's office said it had received complaints about indecent activity at the park.

54-year-old Michael Seawell, of 1133 Country Oaks Lane in Lakeland, was observed by detectives rubbing his genitals, then solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act.

Seawell told detectives he is a terminal manager at CSX and was on-duty at the time.

He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act.

Seawell was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250 bond.

Eric Witte, 50, of 6711 Summer Cover Drive in Riverview, solicited an undercover detective in a bathroom at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act.

He told detectives he is a cook with the Merchant Marines. He was charged and released on bond from the Polk County Jail.

70-year-old James Dudley Fretwell of 1566 Excalibur Court in Lakeland, solicited an undercover detective at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act.

Fretwell told detectives he had to be careful because he is married.

He was charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. He was released from the Polk County Jail on bond.

Dennis Hice, 55, of 4345 Creekwood Lane in Mulberry, solicited an undercover detective out in the open at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act.

Hice told detectives he is married and works for Publix Corporate, and that he volunteers at the Lakeland Public Library and Circle B Bar Reserve.

He is still in the Polk County Jail with $250 bond.

53-year-old Thomas Bly, of 715 Finney Street in Lakeland, solicited an undercover detective out in the open at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act, and exposed himself to the detective.

Bly told detectives he works at Florida Southern College as a groundskeeper.

He was released from the Polk County Jail on $750 bond.

"Polk County's parks are beautiful places where we can relax, fish, play, and enjoy time together. They are not places for committing lewd acts or exposing yourself. If you choose to commit illegal acts in our parks, you will be arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail," said Sheriff Grady Judd.

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