41 arrested in Polk County online child sex sting - WFLA News Channel 8

41 arrested in Polk County online child sex sting

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POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

As part of a child sex sting operation 41 people, including a youth football coach and a theme park employee, were arrested Monday. The operation involved more than a dozen law enforcement agencies.

The undercover operation was conducted at an undisclosed location in Polk County over the past week.

Detectives posed as 14-year-old boys, responding to ads and chatting on social media websites. In each of the cases, authorities said the forty men and one woman contacted them trying to get in touch with the minors.

Among those arrested was James Walker, 46, a costumer's assistant at Disney World. Walker attempted to have sex with a 15-year old male, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Jose Aguilar, a 24-year-old married man from Bowling Green attempted to have sex with who he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Investigators said Aguilar admitted to deputies that he "always fantasized" about with being someone 14 years old. Aguilar is married with two small children and a wife who is expecting a child.

Also arrested was Tommy Helm, 35 and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Erin Vickers. Officials said the two arrived together, hoping to teach a 14-year-old girl how to have sex. The two arrived on a motorcycle. They carried a backpack containing pornography and sex toys, officials said.

Sheriff's deputies also arrested 54 year old David Ullman. Sheriff Judd says Ullman was " Mr. Lake Wales" He is an attorney, served as a deacon of his church, and on the board of the education foundation in Lake Wales.

Sheriff Judd says Ullman was very graphic in his on line conversation with the detective posing as a 14 year old.

Judd says, " He said, I can teach you, within limits, of how to have sex, you know I have kids too, he said. He talked intimately about the sexual relationship that he had with his wife."

The 41 suspects ranged in age from 18 to 65 years. Of those arrested, 11 admitted they were married.

"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," said Sheriff Judd.

The Sheriff called the people arrested reprehensible, "You see people, we see monsters. We see people that were going to have sex with children, we see people who were going to take advantage of very, very young children.", said Sheriff Judd

He added that PCSO planned to conduct more undercover operations in the future to ensure that those who would prey on children are held accountable for their crimes.

"Make no mistake; we will continue to make protecting our children our number one priority," Sheriff Judd said.

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