26 sex predators, offenders arrested in Polk County

Polk County

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 sex offenders and sex predators who are accused of not complying with Florida registration law during a three-day sting called “Operation Karma.” 

Under Florida law, convicted sex offenders and sex predators are required to register and maintain updated information about their residences, jobs, cars, phone numbers, social media accounts and email addresses.

“You know that sexual offenders and sexual predators particularly bother me,” Sheriff Grady Judd said to reporters Friday. “So we combed through our files and this is how many we arrested in a one week period. There’s a litany of information they’re required to do for the rest of their lives.  And they chose not to do it.  They chose to violate the rules.  That’s a criminal violation and we put them back in jail.” 

Judd said investigators pick up offenders who fail to comply on a regular basis.  But this time was different because so many people were arrested at once, he said. 

“And I can assure you of one thing:  If you’re a registered sexual offender or predator in this county, you’ll stay registered.  We’ll know where you are.  Or we’ll lock you up.  Period.  You’re going to behave,” Judd continued. 

Below is a list of those arrested and details released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office about the offenses they’re accused of committing:

Titus Finley, 24, of Polk City
Finley is a juvenile sexual offender based on a 2010 conviction for Sexual Battery by a Juvenile, Victim under 12 years of age.  Deputies said a review of Finley’s sexual offender registrations revealed no recent registered vehicles owned. Investigators said he failed to register a Buick sedan. Finley was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Mario Smith, 43, of Lakeland 
Smith is a sexual predator based on a 2003 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Battery, Victim 12 to 15 years of age, and a 2015 conviction for Produce, Direct, Promote Sexual Performance by a Child.  A review of Smith’s sexual offender registrations revealed he has never registered a vehicle.  It was determined that Smith vacated his residence, and failed to register his newly established residence.  He also failed to obtain an updated Identification Card with the DHSMV.  Smith was charged with three counts of Sexual Predator – Failure to Provide Required Information (F3).

Anthony Turpin, 51, of Haines City
Turpin is a sexual predator based on a 1992 conviction for Sexual Battery/Not Likely to Cause 
Injury and a 1998 conviction for Lewd, Lascivious Child under 16 years old. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register three vehicles. He also failed to register an employment and a temporary residence. Turpin was charged with three counts of Sexual Predator – Failure to Provide Required Information (F3).

Heather Goodman, 43, of Lakeland
Goodman is a sexual offender based on a 2008 conviction in the State of Iowa for Assault to Inflict Serious Injury on a 16-year-old victim.  Through investigation, it was determined she failed to register a Mazda sport utility vehicle. She also failed to complete her mandated sex offender registration for January 2019.  Goodman was charged with two counts of Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender 
Registration Laws (F3).

Craig Osborne, 39, of Lakeland
Osborne is a sexual offender based on a 2003 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Molestation, Victim 12 to 15 years old, with a sentence enhancement for impregnating the female victim under 16 years of age.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Toyota Camry.  He was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Charles McClain, 47, of Lakeland
McClain is a sexual offender based on a 1993 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious – Victim under 16 years of age.  McClain also has a prior conviction for failing to comply with sex offender registration laws. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Cadillac Deville, and also failed to register a temporary address.  McClain’s unregistered Cadillac was located a block away where he hid it prior to meeting with detectives.  He was charged with two counts of Failure of Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Gregory Goutremont, 45, of Lakeland
Goutremont is a sexual offender based on a 1996 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious – Child under 16 years of Age.  Goutremont never registered an Internet Identifier.  A subsequent social media search confirmed Goutremont possessed an unregistered account on Facebook.  Goutremont was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

John McBride, 30, of Lakeland
McBride is a sexual offender based on a 2008 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Sexual Battery, Victim 
12 to 15 years of age.  McBride possessed and actively used an unregistered Facebook account which violated the terms of his probation.  He was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3) and Violation of Probation (F3).

Emilio Flores, 42, of Kissimmee
Flores is a sexual offender based on a 2004 conviction for Sexual Battery Not Likely to Cause Injury. Through investigation, it was determined that he failed to register a Saturn, and two other vehicles that were at his residence. Flores was charged with three counts of Failure of Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Demetric Givens, 40, of Davenport
Givens is a sexual offender based on a 2002 conviction for Lewd or Lascivious Battery, Victim 
12-15 Years Old. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register two vehicles.  He also possessed and actively used an unregistered Facebook account. Givens was charged with three counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Shepard Tinsley, 37, of Winter Haven
Tinsley is a sexual offender based on a 2014 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Battery Sex with Victim 12-15 Years Old. Tinsley has never registered an Internet  Identifier, but he was found to possess and actively use an unregistered  Facebook account and an unregistered Instagram account. Through investigation,  it was determined he failed to register three vehicles. Tinsley was charged with six counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Michael Gonzales, 37, of Winter Haven 
Gonzales is a sexual offender based on a 2012 conviction for Use Internet to Solicit/Attempt to Solicit a Child for Sex/Lewdness. Through investigation, it was determined  he failed to register two vehicles and possessed and actively used an  unregistered Facebook account. Gonzales was charged with three counts of  Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Terry Bradshaw, Jr., 48, of Lake Wales
Bradshaw is a sexual offender based on a 2002 conviction out of the State of Virginia for Aggravated Sexual Battery. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register two vehicles. Bradshaw was charged with two counts of Failure of Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Michael Brown, 57, of Lakeland
Brown is a sexual offender based on a 2001 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Child under 16 years of age.  Brown was fitted with a GPS monitor which revealed that he kept two permanent residences, both of which he failed to register.  Brown also falsely reported a residence he where he did not reside. Michael Brown was charged with a total of five counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Joshua Smith, 25, of Lakeland
Smith is sexual offender based on a 2005 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Molestation-Victim under 12 
years of age – Offender under 18 years of age.  Smith has prior convictions for Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws from 2013 and 2014.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Buick sport utility vehicle.  Smith was charged with one count of Failure to Comply 
with Sexual Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Ruben Perez, 47, of Lakeland
Perez is a sexual offender based on a 2007 conviction for Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Kia Soul and a Dodge Ram pickup. Perez was charged with two counts of Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Bobby Masters, 54, of Lakeland
Masters is a sexual offender based on a 1999 conviction for Lewd or Lascivious -Child under 16  years of age.  He has prior 2014 and 2016 convictions for Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck.  Masters was charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Jose Mena, 39, of Bartow
Mena is a sexual offender based on a 2002 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Child under 16 years of age. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register four vehicles that were at his residence. Mena was charged with four counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Cory Cook, 39, of Bartow
Cook is a sexual offender based on a 1998 conviction out for Lewd/Lascivious Child under 16 years of 
age.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register three vehicles that were at his residence. Cook was charged with three counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Adian Torres, 19, of Winter Haven
Torres is a sexual offender based on a 2015 conviction Sexual Battery by Juvenile/Victim Under 12 
years of age.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register two vehicles at his residence. Torres was charged with two counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Douglas Robbins, 57, of Bartow
Robbins is a sexual predator based on a 1997 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious-Child under 16 
years of age.  He also has a 2008 conviction for Sexual Battery-Victim Physically Helpless to Resist. Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Toyota Corolla and a motorcycle.  He was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Predator-Failure to Register/Provide 
Required Information (F3).

Ventrell Martin, 36, of Kissimmee 
Martin is a sexual offender based on a 2004 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Battery/Sex with Victim 12-15 years old.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register four vehicles that were at his residence. Martin was arrested and charged with two counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Frederick Hardy, 53, Transient in Lake Hamilton
Hardy is a sexual offender based on a 2006 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Battery – Sex with Victim 12-15 years old.  On 01/13/2019, Hardy reported, a transient residence of Detour Road and Water Tank Road in Lake Hamilton. Because Hardy registered a transient residence he is required to report in person every 30 days to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He failed to report to the Polk County Sheriff Office to complete his 30-day transient registration and failed to update his transient address with the DHSMV. Hardy was charged with three counts of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Laws (F3).  An arrest warrant was obtained for Hardy and he was arrested by the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office.

Brice Wells, 32 of Lake Wales
Wells is a sexual offender based on a 2015 conviction for Traveling to Meet Minor to Commit Unlawful 
Sexual Offense.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a vehicle that was at his residence. Wells was previously arrested for Violation of Probation and is currently incarcerated at the Sarasota County Jail. Wells is charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sex  Offender Registration Laws.

Toby Davis, 40, of Lakeland
Davis is a sexual  offender based on a 2002 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious – Child under 16 years 
of age.  He also has a 2009 conviction for Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws.  Through investigation, it was determined he failed to register a Chevrolet pickup truck, a Ford Explorer, and a Dodge pickup truck.  Davis is charged with three counts of Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws (F3).

Rene Garza, 43, of Davenport 
Garza is a sexual offender based on a 2004 conviction for Lewd/Lascivious Child Under 16 years of age.  Garza owned and failed to register a white 2001 Ford van. Garza is charged with one count of Failure to Comply with Sexual Offender Registration Laws (F3).
 

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