Days after Disney CEO slams Florida law protecting kids, Disney employees arrested in massive sex sting

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ORLANDO, FL- On Wednesday, March 16th, the Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference announcing the massive sting operation which led to 108 arrests being made, including four Disney employees.

According to the Post Millennial, the announcement came just days after the CEO of Disney loudly and publicly opposed Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education Act, which polls allegedly show, is supported by over 60 percent of Americans.

The sting, dubbed “Operation March Sadness Two,” was a multi-agency effort centered around Florida’s Polk County, which lies just southwest of the Orlando urban area and is typically full of tourists.

The sting was a six-day undercover investigation that focused on human trafficking, prostitution, and child predators.

Most of the arrests involved people accused of human trafficking or soliciting prostitution, the sheriff’s office also made four arrests for alleged crimes against children. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement:

“This is huge. Four arrests of this magnitude is simply remarkable.”

There were also four Disney employees among the 108 arrests, including a man who worked as a lifeguard at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Deputies said that 27-year-old Xavier Jackson, who worked as a lifeguard at the resort, sent sexual images and graphic descriptions of “what he wanted to do” to an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. Judd said:

“You think there’s a few children around here? That’s right, I didn’t stutter. He was a lifeguard at the Polynesian Resort and he was bragging about that.”

Three other Disney employees were arrested during the operation, however, their alleged crimes did not involve minors.

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One of the accused suspects, is a 24-year-old man who worked at the Cosmic Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland. He reportedly worked at Disney for four years. A software developer for Disney and someone who works in IT for the company were also arrested.

Sheriff Judd also stated that 66-year-old Daniel Peters, of Illinois, was also arrested. Peters served as a judge in Cook County (4th Sub Circuit) and as a special assistant for legal affairs at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois.

Deputies said that Peters requested an attorney, to which Sheriff Judd responded by saying:

“Well judge, you need an attorney. You got problems.”

Peters was charged with soliciting a prostitute. Polk County Detectives said they identified prostitutes who posted online advertisements as well as “johns” who sought the prostitutes online.

The sheriff’s office said the operation “had the intent to identify and free any victims who were being forced into prostitution [human trafficking], or anyone participating in the trafficking of victims.”

Among those already listed, a worker at the Fun Spot family amusement park was arrested as well as a woman accused of trafficking another young woman.

Wilakson Fidele works at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland and Ralph Leese works in IT. Reportedly, Walt Disney World has placed the three employees on unpaid leave. Timothy Finley, a 39-year-old handyman, has been charged with traveling to meet a young child, resisting arrest, attempted lewd battery, and transmission of explicit material.

Shannon Johnson, 41, has been charged with traveling to meet a 13-year-old girl, attempted lewd battery, and transmission of explicit material. Jody Rose, 36, is facing 11 felony charges for allegedly sending sexually explicit material to who he believed was a 14-year-old girl, saying, “Don’t tell the cops.”

Judd also singled out Richard Jackson, who has been accused of seeking a prostitute and who deals with children as an employee at Fun Spot amusement park; Nelson Cruz, a Cracker Barrel manager who allegedly told authorities he was seeking a prostitute after an argument with his wife; and Tiffany Nash, a KFC manager with 61 prior criminal charges who was allegedly caught bringing a trafficking victim to what she believed was a sexual encounter.

Auburndale Police Chief Andy Ray addressed reporters after Judd to thank all parties involved in the successful operation. He said:

“Everybody is involved in this because it’s important and because the victims of human trafficking and the sex business deserve our help and need our help. We’re happy to be part of taking people off the street that are dangerous to your kids and the community.”

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Illegal immigrant sentenced to 25 years on the taxpayer dime for sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl

March 9th, 2022

ENNIS, TX – A 28-year-old illegal alien convicted of sexually abusing a young girl has been sentenced to 25 years without the possibility of parole.

The convicted criminal’s victim was only 10 years old.

Law Enforcement in Ellis County began investigating the suspect, identified as Jose Gustavo Garcia Rodriguez, after his young victim disclosed to her school in 2018 that she had been sexually abused by him.

School officials then notified the Child Protective Services and informed them of the allegations.

The Child Protective Services contacted the Ennis Police Department who conducted a criminal investigation.

When detectives reviewed the information made available by the victim, whose name was not disclosed, they learned she had been sexually abused by Rodriguez at least once in his home and once in his vehicle.

Detectives reported the sexual abuse occurred between 2016 and 2017 and that he had sexually abused the young girl at least two times over the course of a month or more.

Detectives and the Child Protective Services determined the disclosures made by the child were credible and moved to interview Rodriguez.

When detectives met with Rodriguez, he agreed to the interview in which they asked him about the sexual allegations made against him. According to the Ennis Police detectives, Rodriguez did admit to inappropriately touching the girl, but only once.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a young child.

When his case went to trial, the jury was obviously impressed with the young girl’s willingness and courageous actions of not only facing her abuser but reliving all of the events for the courtroom when she took the stand.

The jury declared that Rodriguez was guilty of the offense on March 1st of this year. The sentencing was scheduled for March 4th in which he was sentenced to 25 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Ann Montgomery, the Ellis County District Attorney, noted her happiness that the jury reached the right decision and was quick to act with Rodriguez’s sentencing in the case. She said:

“I am pleased with the jury’s verdict and proud of my entire trial team. This office is committed to protecting the most vulnerable, which are our children.”

The Ellis County District Attorney’s Office released a statement on Rodriguez’s conviction and sentencing:

“The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Detective Brian Shahan from the Ennis Police Department, the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center, and the CARE team at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.”

News of this conviction comes just before U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced they arrested yet another convicted sex offender as he illegally attempted to cross into the country near Freer, Texas. Customs and Border Protection reported on March 6th that agents with the Laredo Sector Border Patrol were able to apprehend a group of illegal aliens as they tried to sneak into the country.

One of the illegal aliens in the group, identified as Elias Alva-Yac, a 37-year-old from Guatemala, was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 while he was in Los Angeles, California in 2006.

As a result of his conviction, Yac served a total of a year in jail followed by five years of probation.

Yac apparently did not follow through with the terms of his probation and at some point made the trek south of the border as there was an active warrant for his arrest. The warrant, out of the Los Angeles County Probation Department, was for violating the terms of his probation.

Yac was taken into custody for the arrest warrant and he was transferred to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office for processing. From there, he will be transferred back to Los Angeles County to face his probation violation charges.

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Not stopping: Multiple sex offenders and gang members arrested by U.S. Border Patrol last week

EDINBURG, TX –  U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three migrants with prior convictions for sexual crimes and eight gang members, according to a release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday.

 

CBP reported that Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol (RGV) agents apprehended a group of 18 migrants in the brush attempting to circumvent the checkpoint near Sarita, Texas.

One of the migrants was found to be a Salvadoran national with a prior arrest for aggravated sexual assault of a child less than 13-year-old in 2017.

The arrest was made by Lindenwold Police Department (LPD) in New Jersey. The Salvadoran national was convicted of the crime and sentenced to five years confinement.

Shocking as the convict’s capture re-entering the country is, it was not an isolated incident. On Wednesday morning, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents conducted record checks on a Salvadoran national, who was apprehended with a group of 10 migrants in Hidalgo, Texas.

The records check determined this Salvadoran was a convicted sex offender, convicted in 2018 of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

 

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, Brownsville Border Patrol (BRP) agents arrested a male national from Uruguay illegally entering the United States.

Through records checks, BRP agents identified the subject as a sex offender with a prior arrest in 2007 for Loitering for Sex Under 18-years-old, by the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia.

He was subsequently sentenced to 12 months’ probation.

Sex offenders are only one of a myriad of criminals being apprehended re-entering the United States across the porous southern border. CBP Press Officer Thomas Gresback wrote:

“Also, this week, RGV agents arrested eight foreign nationals that have been identified as members of trans-national criminal organizations.

“The migrants are nationals from Romania, El Salvador, and Honduras. One of the Romanian nationals has an active full extradition warrant out of Fort Collins, Colorado for Larceny.”

 

These migrants are some of the latest arrests of migrants with criminal convictions arrested by CBP entering the country this year. This builds on the 10, 763 arrests of migrant with criminal convictions in 2021, 2438 in 2020, and 4,269 on 2019.

Of the arrests in 2021, 488 of those were sex offenders, up from 156 in 2020 and 57 in 2019, according to records examined by Fox News.

Border crossings have surged at the southern border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. Lax immigration enforcement policies and public calls for leniency for border crossers have fueled the border rush.

The Biden administration is also ferrying illegal immigrants to the interior United States on private airlines late night, clandestine flights that have riled Republican governors like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who threatened to block state funds from companies who assist with the transport of such migrants inside his country.

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