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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 2/19/2015 

 PCSO Undercover Detectives Arrest Four Men at Saddle Creek and Gator Creek Preserve Parks 


On February 18, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives conducted a Vice initiative at Saddle Creek Park and Gator Creek Preserve Park, both in Lakeland, focusing on complaints about indecent activity at the parks. A total of four men were arrested for soliciting lewd acts:

73-year-old Roy Harris, of 414 Minnehaha Trail in Lakeland, exposed himself and committed a lewd act in front of an undercover detective at Saddle Creek Park, and then solicited the detective to commit a lewd act. He told detectives he is a retired preacher at a Methodist church in Clay County, FL. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness, and Indecent Exposure in Public. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and is being held in lieu of $750.00 bond. 

69-year-old Rhonnie Osborne, of 458 Rock Creek Rd in Erwin, TX, touched an undercover detective against the detective's will at Saddle Creek Park. Osborne told detectives he is retired. He was arrested and charged with Battery. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $500.00 bond. 

70-year-old Marion Hill of 401 Blue Jay Lane in Lakeland, exposed himself and committed a lewd act in front of an undercover detective at Saddle Creek Park, and then solicited the detective to commit a lewd act. He told detectives he is retired. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness, and Indecent Exposure in Public.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $750.00 bond. 

RECORD SEALED/EXPUNGED

“Our visitors and residents enjoy the many parks in Polk County with the expectations of relaxing with family and friends as they fish, bike, picnic, and enjoy time together.  They do not expect to see lewd behavior, and neither do we.  If you choose to commit illegal acts in our parks, you will be arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail." - Sheriff Grady Judd