In Polk County, Florida, an undercover operation that lasted for seven days and arrested 160 persons for various charges related to human trafficking included an employee of Disney, a correctional officer, and several school teachers.
According to WAFB9, the operation known as “Fall Haul 2” led in 216 misdemeanor charges and 52 felonies. The arrest of Cameron Burke, a 41-year-old computer technician at Oak Ridge High School, who was out on bond for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student that began in 2020, was one of the more notable arrests. Burke was charged with having a sexual relationship with the student beginning in 2020.
Other prominent people involved include a deputy police chief from Georgia, a teacher of mathematics at a high school, a bellhop who works for Disney, and a freelance photographer who is often approached by Disney.
The bellhop, Guillermo Perez, 57, was taken into custody when he attempted to have sex with an undercover investigator in exchange for $80. Meanwhile, the freelance photographer, Samy Claude, 26 years old, is said to have offered an undercover officer a bag of sour Skittles.
Keith Nieves, 24, a correctional officer, was taken into custody after being charged with two charges of soliciting a prostitute.
An undercover Georgia investigator is said to have received $180 and a multi-pack of White Claws from the Deputy Police Chief in the state of Georgia, Jason DiPrima, 49.
“He is no longer a police officer in Cartersville, Georgia, and he needs to work on reconstructing his life with his family. He did a very mean, nasty thing to his family and he certainly embarrassed all the people of Cartersville,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd during a press conference. “The Cartersville Police Department is a very professional police department in Georgia and they didn’t deserve what Jason (DiPrima) did.”
WAFB9 news reports:
“The oldest of the arrests is 64, while the youngest is 19 years old, according to officials. Out of the 160 arrests, 15 people were from states other than Florida, and one was from Puerto Rico. Of the people who were arrested, police say 26 of them said they were married. Detectives also said they seized cocaine, heroin, meth, MDMA and marijuana from those they arrested as well.”
“Where would we be with an undercover operation and no Disney employees? Oh yes, we always have Disney employees,” joked Judd.
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