Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 23-year-old Reginald Cruz, DOB 01/11/1990, 6018 Lake Ruth Drive, West, Dundee yesterday, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, charging him with Lewd Lascivious Conduct on a Person Less than 18-years of age, Obtaining Property by Fraud, two counts of Battery, and one count of Attempted Battery, after learning Cruz had victimized women living in the eastern portion of Polk County, under false pretenses to gain access to their feet for his sexual gratification. Cruz approached a ten-year-old child as recently as January 2013, asking to touch her toes.
Cruz, a Hispanic male with dark completion, approximately 5’10 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds, told detectives he has been approaching women since he was 6-years-old, asking to touch their feet.
Cruz told detectives he has approached hundreds of females requesting to touch or massage their feet using stories such as trying to earn a Boy Scout community service badge, to his most recent deception as a college student conducting medical research to gain their “respect.” Cruz told detectives after massaging their feet, he would determine if they trusted him enough to begin to kiss their feet or suck their toes as he derived sexual pleasure from the activity.
Detectives learned Cruz targeted dark-skin females, such as Latin, Haitian, Jamaican, or African American, approaching them at shopping centers, parks, and community halls. Cruz has approached females in their cars and at their homes and while walking down the street. His victims have ranged from 10-years-of-age to 32-years-of-age.
Detectives learned Cruz vehicle, a 1993, two-door, teal colored Honda Accord with a gray or white colored front bumper, was a familiar site in the Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Dundee and Poinciana areas of Polk County, and are concerned that Cruz may have victimized others, to include children.
Detectives are asking the public to provide additional information about possible victims by contacting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200.