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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/17/2016 

  PCSO Vice Unit Arrests Four Men for Lewd Activity at Local Parks 


On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, the PCSO Undercover Vice Unit conducted an operation at Saddle Creek Park and Gator Creek Preserve in unincorporated Polk County, in response to complaints about lewd activity. Four suspects were arrested.

40-year-old Shane Dwyer, of Lakeland, solicited a male undercover PCSO detective to perform a lewd act at Saddle Creek Park, and rubbed the detective's leg. Dwyer was arrested and charged with one count Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness, and one count Battery. He was also issued a trespass from all parks in the county. He was released from jail on $750.00 bond.  

65-year-old Richard King, of Lakeland, solicited a male undercover PCSO detective to perform a lewd act at Gator Creek Preserve, and exposed himself to the detective. King was arrested and charged with one count Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness, one count Offer to Commit Lewdness, and one count Indecent Exposure. He was also issued a trespass from all parks in the county. He is being held on $1,000.00 bond. 

55-year-old Jimmy Flippo, of Lakeland, grabbed a male undercover PCSO detective at Gator Creek Preserve. Flippo was arrested and charged with two counts Battery. He was also issued a trespass from all parks in the county. He was released from jail on $1,000.00 bond. 

57-year-old Edward Panek, of Dade City, exposed himself to a male undercover PCSO detective at Gator Creek Preserve. Panek was arrested and charged with one count Indecent Exposure. He was also issued a trespass from all parks in the county. He is being held on $500.00 bond.