Undercover detectives in central Florida have arrested 17 people—among whom were three employees of Walt Disney World—over charges related to the targeting of children online for unlawful sexual activity, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced on Aug. 3.
The six-day-long undercover operation, dubbed “Operation Child Protector,” took place from July 27 through Aug. 1, during which law enforcement officers posed as children on social media platforms, mobile apps, and online dating sites to investigate potential predators who prey upon children for unlawful sexual activity.
A total of 17 people were arrested, representing 49 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges in all. The suspects’ ages ranged from 26 to 47. They were mostly from the central Florida area, with the exception of one who was visiting from California.