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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/5/2015 

 PCSO Undercover Detectives Arrest Four Men at Polk County Parks     


On August 4, 2015, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives conducted a Vice initiative at Gator Creek Preserve, Saddle Creek, Mosaic Peace River, and Lake Fannie Boat Ramp parks in the county, focusing on complaints about indecent activity at the parks. Four men were arrested for soliciting lewd acts.  

71-year-old Bernard Menist of 6101 Twilight Drive in Zephyrhills, exposed himself to and committed a lewd act in front of an undercover detective at Gator Creek Preserve. He told detectives he is retired and collects $1,900 per month in Social Security. He was arrested and charged with Committing A Lewd Act, and Indecent Exposure. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and was released after posting $750.00 bond. 

62-year-old Jimmy Lee Burge of 6253 Pablo Drive in Zephyrhills, committed a lewd act in front of an undercover detective at Gator Creek Park. He told detectives he is retired and collects $1,900 per month in Social Security. He was arrested and charged with Committing a Lewd Act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting $250.00 bond. 

67-year-old Ronald Osborne of 625 Main Street in Lake Hamilton, exposed himself to an undercover detective at Lake Fannie Boat Ramp. He told detectives he is a retired U.S. Postal worker and works part-time driving a river boat at Walt Disney World. He was arrested and charged with Committing a Lewd Act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and released after posting $250.00 bond. He has one prior arrest in Polk County in 2011 for Battery.

RECORD SEALED/EXPUNGED

"These suspects are permanently trespassed from all Polk County Parks. We do not tolerate this sort of behavior in our public recreational areas and places where families go to enjoy our beautiful county." - Sheriff Grady Judd