Illinois judge and Disney employees arrested in Florida human trafficking sting:

It seems that every year we hear about Disney employees being busted in child sex trafficking and human trafficking stings, but the judges just smile when Department of Children and Families workers ask for court orders to send America’s most vulnerable children, foster children to stay in motel rooms there with complete strangers. It happens in every state every day, but Disney is known for hiring child abusers.

“Seems there’s a reason Disney, CNN, etc… were fighting the Florida anti-grooming bill so aggressively.” ~ Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a NY post.

Yes, Four suspects are Disney employees!!! Detectives in Polk County, Florida say that 108 predators were arrested during the six-day undercover operation, “Operation March Sadness 2” that focused on human trafficking and child prostitution. Four are Disney employees.  

The arrests of a human trafficker and four child predators alone makes this whole operation worthwhile. Where there is prostitution, there is exploitation, disease, dysfunction, and broken families,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

The report shows that the Disney employees arrested are:

“Xavier Jackson, 27, of Kissimmee worked as a lifeguard at the Polynesian Resort for Walt Disney. Jackson sent photos and messages to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Xavier Jackson is charged with: Transmission of Material Harmful to a Minor (3-counts, F3) and Unlawful Use of 2-Way Communication Device (F3).

Wilkason Fidele, 24, who worked at the Cosmic Restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland for four years;

Shubham Malave, 27, who is on a visa citizenship from India and worked as a software developer for Disney;

Ralph Leese, 45, who spent nearly four years working in IT for Disney. 

Among the 108 arrests made, there were several which stood out.

Derek Collins, 67-year old “who showed up to the residence drinking Ensure,” the sheriff said, “The youngest was a 17-year old male. Both were arrested for soliciting for a prostitute”.

Human Trafficking Suspect:

Tiffany Nash, 32, of Orlando was arrested for trafficking another woman in prostitution by way of repeated violence. Nash is charged with: Human Trafficking (F1), Deriving Proceeds from Prostitution (F2), Possession of Cocaine (F3), Possession of Methamphetamine (F3), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M1).

Child Predators:

Timothy Finley, 39, of Mulberry thought he was chatting with a 13-year old female. Finley is charged with: Travel to Meet a Minor/Using Computer to Lure (F2), Attempted Lewd Battery (F3), Transmit Material Harmful to Minor (F3), Possession of Methamphetamine (F3), Resisting (M1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M1).

Shannon Johnson, 41, of Orlando believed though he was chatting online with a 13-year old female. He is charged with: Travel to Meet a Minor/Using Computer to Lure (F2), Attempted Lewd Battery (F3), and Transmit Material Harmful to Minor (F3).

Jody Rose, 36, of Gainesville communicated with what he thought was a 13-year old girl. Rose is charged with: Transmission of Material Harmful to a Minor (10-counts, F3) and Unlawful Use of 2-Way Communication Device (F3), and he was arrested in Alachua County.

Other notables…

Seth Phillips, 49, of “Bradenton arrived with a woman, 34-year old Christina Garite, with the intent of both committing prostitution with two undercover detectives. When a detective tried to cancel the meet-up due to a scheduling conflict, Phillips became angry, and made demands that the undercover detectives would have to give him money for the appointment and for the drugs he was going to sell them. Phillips showed up at the residence, and when detectives opened the door, he pointed a gun at them. Phillips was arrested and charged with: Attempted Armed Robbery with Firearm (F2), Extortion/Threats (F2), Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell (F2), Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon (4-counts, F3), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M1), Offering to Commit Prostitution (M2)”.

James Compton, 42,  of Kissimmee “says he is married with eight children, and had left one of his children at a soccer game taking place nearby in order to meet with a prostitute. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute. Compton was charged with Soliciting a Prostitute (M1)”.

Daniel Peters, 66, of Palos Hills, Illinois, a retired judge (Cook County 4th Sub Circuit) and a Special Assistant for Legal Affairs at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. He was charged with Soliciting a Prostitute (M1).

Daniel Peters, 66, of Palos Hills, Illinois, a retired judge (Cook County 4th Sub Circuit) and a Special Assistant for Legal Affairs at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. He was charged with Soliciting a Prostitute (M1).

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