LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A child sex sting in Lake County has led to the arrest of 22 people, including three people who list their employer as Walt Disney World.
According to CNN, the arrests came after a weeklong investigation involving the Lake County sheriff's cybercrimes unit in central Florida and other agencies.
In the sting, which was called "Be Mine," detectives posed as children, or parents of children, in various online chat forums to connect with suspects seeking children for sex, authorities said.
A vacant home was set up as a meeting place for the encounters, authorities said. As the detectives were solicited for sex, arrangements were made for the suspects to travel to the home for what they believed would be sex with a child. Upon arrival, the suspects were arrested.
49-year-old Robert Kingsolver, 32-year-old Patrick Holgerson, and 32-year-old Joel Torres listed their employers as Walt Disney World, authorities said. The nature of their jobs was not known.
Marilyn Waters, a Disney spokeswoman, said the three have been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the cases.
One suspect, identified as David Griffith, 47, allegedly told detectives that he had recently made arrangements to meet a 7-year-old child in another county for sex. After reviewing his e-mails, detectives found conversations between Griffith and the 7-year-old's mother.
When the child was interviewed, she told investigators that her mother had sexually abused her, police said.