This is Part 1 of a 2-part post.
Yesterday the Sheriff's Office of Osceola County, Florida, arrested 40 men for attempting to buy sex with children.
The arrests include a swim coach, a professional golfer on the Senior PGA Tour, an 8th-grade teacher, business professionals, 8 college students, and many others.
I just came from a meeting with one of the detectives involved in the sting and I'll report on that tomorrow. I'm still processing the mind-boggling information he shared.
Meanwhile, to the men buying children, here is our promise: If you buy children online, we will post your name online. And here you are--all 40 of you including your photos and occupations.
(This information is publicly available on the Osceola County Sheriff's Office website here, along with more information about each person arrested.)
- Frederick David Adams, Naples, FL. Occupation: High School Student
- Samer Japer Al-Hubaydi, Daytona Beach, FL. Occupation: Student, Embry-Riddle
- Jason Bacchus, Winter Garden, FL. Occupation: Sales Representative, Cell Phone Distributor
- Christopher Baker, Kissimmee, FL. Occupation: Unemployed
- Christopher Batman, Wesley Chapel, FL. Occupation: Self-Employed
- Marvin Alfonson Bell, Valrico, FL. Occupation: College Student
- Dennis Bluemke, Clermont, FL. Occupation: Fencing
- Charles James Buffington, Deltona, FL. Occupation: Construction
- Sergio Cardenas, Auburndale, FL, Occupation: Unemployed
- Lucas Bartholomew Clarke, Winter Park, FL. Occupation: Student, Golf Academy of America
- Shane Daniel Cousins, Kissimmee FL. Occupation: Soldier, U.S. Army Reserves
- Gary J. Durso, Palm Coast, FL. Occupation: Areole Technician
- Josean Javier Gaston, Orlando, FL. Occupation: Student
- Carlos Gomez, Winter Park, FL. Occupation: Unemployed
- Justin Joseph Hall, Kissimmee, FL. Occupation: Student
- Dell Rio Highsmith, DFargo, GA. Occupation: Retired Bee Keeper
- Cornellus Eugene Hunt, Orlando, FL. Occupation: Student
- Phillip Dale Jones, Winter Haven, FL. Occupation: Unemployed
- Roger Dale Mathews, Lakeland, FL. Occupation: Plant Manager
- Joseph Matz, Williamstown NJ. Occupation: Unemployed
- Carl David Brooks Newsome, Fairhope, AL. Occupation: Unknown
- Ryu Nolin, Edgewater, FL. Occupation: Personal Trainer
- Craig Alan Parsel, Jr. Occupation: Warehouse Clerk
- Eric Dennard Payne, Jr., Orlando, FL. Occupation: Dispatcher
- Ahmidullah Popal, Flushing, NY. Occupation: Wholesale Dealer
- Nigel Rattan, Mt. Dora, FL. Occupation: Self-Employed
- Milton Benjamin Richardson, Palm Bay, FL. Occupation: Engineer
- Kegan Ritchie, Port Orange, FL. Occupation: Student
- Alexander Roy, Port St. Lucie, FL. Occupation: Eighth Grade Teacher
- Kenneth Sinisi, South Daytona, FL. Occupation: Unemployed
- Andrew Louis Skinner, Windermere, FL. Occupation: Vendor
- Jay S. Soni, Orlando, FL. Occupation: Sales Representative
- Frederick Charles Spreng, Windermere, FL. Occupation: Manager
- Warren Lee Staples, St. Cloud, FL. Occupation: Public Works
- Winston Alexander Stephens, Shreveport, LA. Occupation: Student, Full Sail University
- Christopher Stewart, Kissimmee, FL. Occupation: Truck Loader
- Ryan Stickle, Sammamish, WA. Occupation: Consultant
- Samuel Dean Straitiff, Deland, FL. Occupation: Information Technology
- Stephen Wesley Thomas, Meridian, MS. Occupation: Professional Golfer
- Bryan Allan Woodward, Gainesville, FL. Occupation: Head Swim Coach, Gator Swim Club
Please check back here tomorrow when I'll post Part 2 -- a report on the meeting with one of the undercover investigators involved in the sting. Or subscribe to this blog by using the "Get email updates" button in the upper left.