On March 31, 2015, PCSO deputies arrested 49-year-old Michael Jenny of Lakeland after two teenaged boys called PCSO to complain that he solicited them to perform lewd acts in a CVS parking lot.
The victims, a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, were walking together in the Winn-Dixie plaza at Combee Rd and US Hwy 92 in Lakeland when they were approached by an adult male driving a newer model sedan. The driver honked the horn then threw a note out of the window at the boys. The note offered to pay them $60 cash if they would meet him in the CVS parking lot and perform a lewd act with him.
The boys walked to CVS and approached the car for the purpose of getting the vehicle tag number to report it to law enforcement. While one teen talked with the driver, the other teen wrote down the tag number. The teen who spoke with the driver told him they wanted more money, in an effort to get the driver to leave. The driver left to go to an ATM, and the teens went inside CVS and called 9-1-1 to report the incident.
When PCSO arrived, the teens told deputies they had never seen the man before. They gave the deputies the note, the vehicle tag number, vehicle description, and description of the driver. The deputies identified the registered owner of the vehicle as 49-year-old Michael Jenny of 1812 Crystal Grove Drive in Lakeland. The teens positively identified a photo of Jenny as the suspect.
Deputies responded to Jenny's home and made contact with him. Jenny confessed to giving the note to the teens soliciting them, and agreeing to pay them for the lewd acts. There were additional notes in his car written "while trying to get the courage to ask" the victims for the lewd acts.
Jenny was placed under arrest and charged with:
- two counts Lewd/Lascivious Conduct
- two counts Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
- two counts Soliciting Another for Prostitution
Jenny was arrested in 2005 for impersonating a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, and carrying a concealed firearm.
"These teens are our heroes today. They made the difference between a suspect who preys upon children getting away with it, or being put behind bars. We are proud of them for thinking and acting quickly, and we are grateful that this suspect was swiftly apprehended." - Sheriff Grady Judd