Florida police arrest school teacher-37 others in sex sting www.privateofficer.com
Matthew Chillcott, a 5th grade teacher at Lawton Chiles, was arrested during the operation and has been chatting with an undercover detective about having sex with a child since January, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
During the 10-day operation, which concluded Sunday, detectives posted fake ads and profiles on various websites, such as Craigslist, posing as children or custodians of children.
Numerous men responded to the ads and communicated with the undercover investigators via email, text, online chats and the telephone, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspects solicited sex acts, sent pornographic pictures and asked for nude photos of the children.
Several of the men, including Chillcott, drove to an undercover house to follow through with the promises to engage in sexual activity with the children, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Also arrested during the sting was a Wilson Silva, a 31-year-old registered sex offender from Hernando County. Silva is accused of communicating with a detective who posed as the stepmother of a 14-year-old girl.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will announce more details about the operation at 11 a.m.
“Operation Cyber Child” is the latest undercover sting to be held by Sheriff’s Office and included authorities with the Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Casselberry Police Department, as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.
The following men were arrested during the 10-day “Operation Cyber Child” sex sting:
Steven Allen, 29, Orlando; John Bandel, 33, Addison, Ill.; Luis Bermudez, 46, Davenport; Jason Bouck, 36, Sherrill, N.Y.; Casimiro Carino, 25, Orlando; Matthew Chillcott, 43, Orlando; Daniel Cintron, 25, Winter Garden; David Cook, 50, Lake Hamilton; William Corley, 37, Winter Garden; Richard Corti, 42, Maitland; Jason Crain, 37, Orlando; Anthony David, 24, Tampa.
Walter Exantus, 19; Fort Benning, GA; Larry Falde, 46, Casselberry; Justin Franco, 20, Winter Springs; Richard Green, 32, Lakeland; Rueben Jaime, 26, Orlando; Christopher Jekov, 23, Deltona; Dong-Kyu Kang, 23; Ryan Loewen, 27; Melbourne; Phil Luna, 52, San Jose, Calif.; Jean Marc Luxcien, 30, Orlando; Michael Maskalenko, 27, Orlando; Randy May, 46, Lake Wales; Kenneth McCracken, 21, Titusville.
Mark Noethen, 22, Orlando; Anthony Ochoa, 33, Kissimmee; Joshua Rivas, 21, Poinciana; Javier Rosario, 48, Haines City; Collin Rosser, 22, Orlando; Zleymen Sanchez, 21, St. Cloud; Omee Santiago, 24, Kissimmee; Wilson Silva, 31, Brooksville; Todd Simmerman, 22, Titusville; Johnny Thomas, 28, Palmetto; Shaun Unertl, 20, Orlando; Michael Wells, 25, Altamonte Springs; and Warren White, 30, St. Mary’s, Georgia.