The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies arrested 160 people in a seven-day operation focused on human trafficking in Florida.
Deputies said the “Fall Haul 2” arrests included a school teacher, a state corrections officer and a Disney employee. Twenty-six of the accused were believed to be married men, and 15 of the arrests were from outside Florida.
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One of those out-of-state arrests involved a Georgia Deputy Police Chief, Jason DiPrima, who was allegedly trying to hire an undercover detective pretending to be a prostitute with $180 and a pack of White Claw. During a news conference Friday, Sheriff Grady Judd said DiPrima has since resigned from his position with the Cartersville Police Department.
DiPrima wasn’t the only government official to be arrested. A correctional officer at Lake Correctional Institution, 24-year-old Keith Nieves of Orlando, was also arrested after attempting to have sex with a prostitute who, according to the sheriff’s office, turned out to be an undercover cop.
“He’s in prison like a prison bird, just like the prison birds he watches,” the sheriff said.
Another suspect, 43-year-old Ocoee resident Cameron Burke, has already been released on bail after being accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School in Orange County. He was working in high school as a computer technician at the time of the alleged crime.
Judd said when deputies took Burke into custody during her stabbing, he became very emotional and said he had already been prosecuted.
“Gosh, why didn’t you think of that before?” said the sheriff.
Meanwhile, two current teachers were also allegedly caught by MPs attempting to engage in sexual activity with a prostitute.
Judd said 34-year-old math teacher Carlos Gonzalez claimed he would just give the two prostitutes money and leave without having sex, but he was arrested anyway.
The other teacher, 26-year-old John Layton, works as a physical education teacher at West Orange High School in Orange County. The sheriff’s office said he was caught after trying to covertly pay someone $40 for a sex act.
Judd said during the arrest Layton asked how long it would be because he had track practice in the mornings.
“No, the students have track practice in the mornings; You have prison drills tomorrow morning,” the sheriff said.
Judd went on to joke that it wouldn’t be an undercover operation unless at least one Disney employee was also arrested.
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Disney bellboy Guillermo Perez, 57, of Winter Garden, was arrested after trying to have sex with an undercover detective for $80, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office also arrested Samy Claude, 26, of Orlando, who works as a photographer and has been contracted many times by Disney. Deputies said Claude brought the undercover detective a bag of sour cookies.
While emphasizing the clientele of prostitution, the sheriff also spoke about the plight of victims of human trafficking who are used as sex workers.
The sheriff’s office said it found two human trafficking victims during its investigation, along with five other possible victims. Judd said there could be more people arrested for prostitution, but they need to come forward.
One of the victims MPs encountered was a woman who they say was 10 weeks pregnant and was given medication and fentanyl in hopes of aborting her unborn child, which she did not want.
According to Judd, while she was in custody, the victim received a text message urging her to leave her date soon because of Polk County’s reputation.
One More Child, Heartland for Children, My Name My Voice and the Children’s Home Society of Florida worked with the Sheriff’s Office to assist victims.
“From the moment they come into surgery, we want to turn them over immediately to our social service friends and our counselors so they can begin working with these trafficking victims,” Judd said.
If a person arrested for prostitution appears to be a victim of human trafficking, Florida law allows law enforcement to erase their arrest from public records, Judd said.
Marianne Thomas, director of My Voice, My Choice, said she is proud of the work organizations and law enforcement have done to support victims of human trafficking.
She encouraged those arrested for prostitution in Fall Haul to come forward if they were victims.
“You don’t have to,” Thomas said. “You can also do something else”
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