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FLORIDA – Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives and partnering agencies conducted an undercover operation from July 27th through August 1st, 2021, during which detectives posed as juveniles on social media platforms, mobile apps, and online dating sites to investigate those who prey upon and travel to meet children for unlawful sexual activity.

Detectives from the Auburndale Police Department, Orlando Police Department, Winter Haven Police Department, and Orange County Sheriff’s Office, participated in “Operation Child Protector.”

The suspects communicated with and solicited who they thought were children between the ages of 13 and 14 for sex acts. The suspects showed up to an undercover location in Polk County at separate times to meet who they thought were children, to sexually batter them. Some of them transmitted pornographic images while grooming and soliciting the children online, and they were appropriately charged for that as well.

In all, detectives arrested 17 suspects, who face a total of 49 felony and two misdemeanor charges which include: traveling to meet a minor for sex, attempted lewd battery, use of a computer to seduce a child, unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and transmission of material harmful to a child; six suspects brought condoms, and nine suspects have criminal histories (with 27 total previous felonies, and 22 total previous misdemeanors). The youngest suspect arrested is 26 years old, and the two oldest suspects are 47 years old. They were all from the central Florida area, except one suspect who was here visiting from California.

Those arrested, in order of arrest, are:

1. 26-year-old Kenneth Javier Aquino of Orlando. On July 27, 2021, Aquino engaged in an online conversation on a social networking site with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. He asked the “girl” to send photos, and sent her an explicit video of himself. They also communicated via text messaging on cell phones. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then arrived as soon as he got off work, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he is a lifeguard at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World. When he arrived at the undercover location he was still wearing his Disney polo shirt, swimming trunks, and Crocs. He told detectives he is a Navy veteran and has a pregnant girlfriend. His criminal history includes previous arrests for possession of marijuana, possession of a concealed weapon, and failure to appear.

Aquino was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)
• One count Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)

2. 41-year-old Irving Oliver of Lakeland. On July 27, 2021, Oliver engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. They then texted back and forth via cell phones. He repeatedly asked the “girl” if she wanted to have sex with him, and asked for the address to the undercover location. He arrived at the location and was arrested without incident. His criminal history includes prior arrests for battery domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, violation of injunction for protection, no valid DL, and failure to appear.

Oliver was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

3. 33-year-old Jarrod Justice of Los Angeles, California. On July 27, 2021, Justice, while on vacation from California, engaged in an online conversation via a messaging app with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. They then texted back and forth via cell phones. He discussed what he wanted to do with her sexually when he arrived, and promised to bring condoms. When he arrived at the undercover location with the condoms, she asked him to bring him some candy, so he drove to a store and bought her some Sour Patch Kids. He returned to the location, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he’s married and he works at Best Buy.

Justice was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

4. 31-year-old Lior Enbar of Orlando. On July 27, 2021, Enbar engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. He then began calling her cell phone, using *67 to block his number. He asked the “girl” for photos and videos, and discussed what he wanted to do with the girl sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove there, with condoms, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that lives with his parents and he’s a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver.

Enbar was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)
• Giving False info to LEO (M1)

5. 30-year-old Joshua Ortega of Davenport. On July 29, 2021, Ortega engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” what he wanted to do with her sexually and promised her that he had condoms and wouldn’t get her pregnant. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then walked there, with condoms, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he’s unemployed and lives with his mother, and that he walked to the location to have sex with the girl because he hasn’t had sex in a while. His criminal history includes previous arrests for possession of cocaine and marijuana, burglary, grand theft, no valid DL, and violation of probation. He was released from state prison in January 2020. Detectives found PCP and drug paraphernalia concealed in his wallet.

Ortega was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)
• One count Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility (F-3)
• One count Possession of PCP (F-3)
• One count Possession of Paraphernalia (M-1)

6. 45-year-old Julio Enrique Cedeno, Jr. of Zephyrhills. On July 29, 2021, Cedeno engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” what he wanted to do with her sexually and asked her for photos, videos, or to video chat. He sent her explicit photos of himself. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove there, with condoms, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he’s married, and he’s a self-employed general contractor. His criminal history includes previous arrests for aggravated battery, battery, theft, and violation of probation.

Cedeno was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• Two counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)
• One count Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device (F-3)

7. 47-year-old Juan Guadalupe-Arroyo of Davenport. On July 30, 2021, Guadalupe-Arroyo engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old boy. He told the “boy” that he was 40 years old and told him what he wanted to do with the boy sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove there, with condoms, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he’s a registered nurse at Adventhealth Care Center in Celebration.

Guadalupe-Arroyo was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Misrepresenting Age Online/Use of Computer to Seduce a Child (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

8. 36-year-old Carlos Flores of Orlando. On July 30, 2021, Flores engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” that he was 17 years old, and that he wanted to have sex with her in his car. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to the area, with condoms, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he’s the manager of the Starbucks at the Orlando International Airport.

Flores was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Misrepresenting Age Online/Use of Computer to Seduce a Child (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

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9. 47-year-old Enrique Medina of Orlando. On July 30, 2021, Medina engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” the things that he wanted to do with her sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to the area, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he is employed by Celmark International in the sanitation department.

Medina was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

10. 30-year-old Adam Smith of Kissimmee. On July 30, 2021, Smith engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” the things that he wanted to do with her sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to there, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he is employed as a maintenance technician at a hotel in the Old Town area of Kissimmee. His criminal history includes previous arrests for battery domestic violence, tampering with evidence, and violation of probation.

Smith was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

11. 27-year-old Jeremiah Davis of Clewiston. On July 31, 2021, Davis engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” the things that he wanted to do with her sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to the area, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he is an Army veteran and currently employed by the city of Clewiston as a garbage truck driver.

Davis was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

12. 44-year-old Thomas Snyder of Lakeland. On July 31, 2021, Snyder engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old boy, then asked for his phone number and communicated with him that way. He sent an explicit photo to the “boy” and told the “boy” the things that he wanted to do with him sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and took an Uber to the area, where he was arrested. He told deputies that he is a custodian at the Valencia Hills nursing home in Lakeland.

Snyder was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)
• One count Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)

13. 34-year-old David Ring of Lakeland. On July 31, 2021, Ring engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. He sent the girl several explicit images and videos of himself, and told the “girl” the things that he wanted to do with her sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to there, where he was arrested without incident. He told deputies that he is unemployed. His criminal history includes previous arrests for knowingly driving while license suspended.

Ring was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)
• Four counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)

14. 27-year-old Philip Nelson of Polk City. On July 31, 2021, Nelson engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” the things that he wanted to do with her sexually. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then drove to the area, where he was arrested after a traffic stop while trying to leave the area. He told deputies that he is an apprentice line technician for Powertown Line Construction, and that he left his two children at home with his mother when he traveled to have sex with the minor. His criminal history includes a previous arrest for battery.

Nelson was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

15. 34-year-old Jonathan McGrew of Kissimmee. On August 1, 2021, McGrew engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. He told the “girl” that he wanted her to come to his apartment and have sex with him and his girlfriend, Savannah Lawrence. He sent videos of him and his girlfriend performing sex acts on each other. He asked for the address to the undercover location and then he and Lawrence took an Uber to the location, where they were arrested without incident. McGrew communicated with another undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl during the same time frame, also telling her that he wanted to have sex with her. Upon their arrests, McGrew and Lawrence told deputies that they are custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios. His criminal history includes a previous arrest for leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death (in Illinois).

McGrew was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• Two counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

16. 29-year-old Savannah Lawrence of Kissimmee. On August 1, 2021, Lawrence’s boyfriend, Jonathan McGrew engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. McGrew told the “girl” that he wanted her to come to his apartment and have sex with him and his girlfriend, Lawrence. McGrew sent videos of the pair performing sex acts on each other. Lawrence rode with McGrew in an Uber to the location, where they were arrested without incident. They told deputies that they are custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios.

Lawrence was booked into the Polk County Jail and charged with:
• One count Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sex (F-2)
• One count Attempted Lewd Battery (F-3)

17. 37-year-old Edward McGaffigan of Orlando. On August 1, 2021, McGaffigan engaged in an online conversation with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, then asked for her phone number and communicated with her that way. He told the “girl” that he wanted to have sex with her, then he sent her several explicit photos of himself. Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, and he was taken into custody at his Orlando home. He told deputies that he is a professional poker player. His criminal history includes a previous arrest for DUI (in Virginia).

McGaffigan was arrested in Orlando on the Polk warrant and booked into the Orange County Jail for:
• One count Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device (F-3)
• Three counts Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating the state’s emergency operations plan, which enables state agencies to prepare for Hurricane Ian’s potential impact to the state. The governor’s order directs the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to coordinate with all relevant state agencies and to be prepared to respond to any requests for state assistance from county emergency managers.

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CHARLOTEE, NC (Scroll down for video) – ​On Monday, December 27, 2021, officers were dispatched to a Larceny from Vehicle in progress call for service in the 6100 block of Winged Elm Court. The caller also advised that the suspect had pointed a firearm at a nearby citizen. Responding officers made contact with the suspect, who fled on foot. At the time, it was not known that the suspect was a juvenile. During a brief foot chase, the armed suspect fired at the pursuing officer, Elliott Whitley, striking Whitley in the shoulder. Officer Whitley returned fire and the suspect was not struck.

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The CMPD Homicide Unit responded to the scene to lead the investigation, and Crime Scene Investigation responded to collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team also responded to assist.

As is standard procedure with any officer-involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau conducted a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the incident.

The investigation determined that Officer Whitley was justified in his actions, including returning fire, due to the deadly threat posed by the suspect.

Officer Whitley was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy whenever an officer discharges a service weapon. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20211227-0720-01.

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