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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/16/2010 

 Fifteen Men Arrested and Charged For Traveling to Polk County To Have Sex With Children 


From Thursday, August 12, through Sunday, August 15, 2010, a total of 15 adult men were arrested and charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex (or related crimes) during an extensive undercover operation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with members of the Tenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Jerry Hill, State Attorney; Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution; agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE); deputies from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office; and officers from the Lakeland Police Department and the Plant City Police Department.  

During the operation, nearly every suspect answered advertisements posted by undercover detectives on the Internet advertising website “Craigslist.” The common theme of the ads were “mom or dad seeking guidance for my daughter” for girls as young as age 10 years old up to age 14 years old. The 15 adult male suspects who were arrested answered the ads, expressing an interest in responding to the house to engage in sexual acts with the young girls, some of them saying they were willing to “teach” the children how to have sex. Some of the men also expressed an interest in having sex with the “mom” and the “child” at the same time. 

After the suspects initially answered the ads, they then engaged the undercover detectives in subsequent emails, instant messages, and telephone calls, during which time the detectives offered the suspects to come to an undercover location in Polk County. When the suspects arrived at the undercover location, they were placed under arrest. 

Sheriff Grady Judd said, “Despite the repeated warnings and media coverage of past operations, these perverted men freely chatted with undercover detectives who posed as men and women online. These men expressed specific desires to prey upon who they believed were innocent children. Some of the men even sent pornographic images of themselves to the detectives, and made very specific requests about what they wanted these children to do to them. We have proven once again that there are still predators out there, willing to use any means necessary to harm your children, and we will not stop conducting operations like these until these predators are behind bars.”  

On Thursday, August 12, Brandon Cashen, DOB 10/28/1978, of 1616 East Amelia Street in Orlando, employed by Dex Marketing, drove from Orlando to the undercover location to have sex with a woman and her 8-year-old daughter. Cashen was arrested when he came to the house, and was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2), 1 count Use of a Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3), and 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3).

On Thursday, August 12, Kevin Scott, DOB 11/11/1974, of 4180 Olive Avenue in Sarasota, employed by Global Organic, drove from Sarasota to the undercover location to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. When Scott was arrested, detectives found two condoms in his pocket. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2), 1 count Possession of Alprazolam (F-3). He has bonded out of jail. 

On Thursday, August 12, Joshua Adam Hunt, DOB 12/2/1990, of 7402 Pierce Harwell Road in Plant City, a student at Hillsborough Community College, drove from Plant City to the undercover location to have sex with a woman in the presence of children. Hunt used the screen name of “Blackbelt 185” and told detectives he is an assistant karate instructor at the PlanTeen Recreation Center in Plant City, for people ages 8 to 20 years old. Hunt was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3). He has bonded out of jail. 

On Thursday, August 12, Jason Shulman, DOB 4/9/1974, of 3704 Falling Acorn Circle in Lake Mary, drove to Polk County to have sex with a woman and her 14-year-old niece. He requested that the woman and her niece wear sundresses with nothing on underneath them and to meet him at a convenience store. Instead, Shulman was met by PCSO detectives, where he was placed under arrest. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2).  

On Friday, August 13, Javier Alberto Diaz, DOB 11/8/1986, of 1939 Fairway Loop Drive in Kissimmee, a materials handler for Jet Blue Airlines, drove to the undercover location to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Diaz was one of many suspects who came to the house with condoms in his pocket. Diaz was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2). He has bonded out of jail.  

On Friday, August 13, Robert Ferguson, DOB 6/1/1987, of 1245 Hollyridge Trail in Maitland, drove to the undercover location to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. Ferguson also came to the house with condoms in his pocket. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2). He has bonded out of jail.  

On Friday, August 13, Tommy Dupre, DOB 6/9/1977, of 3918 Glenwick Drive in St. Cloud, drove to the undercover location to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. When Dupre arrived at the house, one of the undercover Sergeants working this investigation recognized Dupre as a little league coach from Lakeland. Dupre admitted he stopped at a gas station on the way to the undercover location to purchase three condoms, which he planned on using to have sex with the child. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2).  

On Saturday, August 14, Donald Knuckles, DOB 11/7/1942, of 1559 Oak Avenue in Lake Placid, drove to the undercover location to have sex with a woman and her 14-year-old daughter. He requested that the woman and her daughter wear see-through lingerie. Knuckles also expressed a desire to have an ongoing relationship with the woman and child after the initial meeting. When Knuckles arrived at the house, he was placed under arrest and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3).  

On Saturday, August 14, Dominick Overeem, DOB 10/27/1959, of 1831 Waterside Oaks Drive in Orange City, sent emails and made telephone calls to an undercover detective expressing interest in having sex with her and her 14-year-old daughter at the same time. When Overeem arrived at the undercover location, he requested that the “mom” come out to his truck to talk to him. When the undercover female detective came outside, Overeem sped away in the truck, nearly striking the detective in the process. Overeem was apprehended by deputies who were maintaining the perimeter, placed under arrest, and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3); 1 count Assault With Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill (F-3).  

On Saturday, August 14, William Jackson, DOB 8/27/1980, of 6324 Selbourne Avenue in Tampa, sent emails and made telephone calls to an undercover detective expressing interest in having sex with her 10-year-old daughter. Jackson expressed an interest in deflowering the child, and said he would bring her candy bars as a reward for engaging in the sexual activity. When Jackson arrived at the undercover location, he was placed under arrest, and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3). 

On Sunday, August 15, Gregory Alan Archambault II, DOB 6/4/1978, of 11816 Faithful Way Unit 203 in New Port Richey, came to the undercover location to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. Archambault told the undercover detective that when he was 16, he taught an 8-year-old girl how to have sex, and when he was 21, he taught a 12-year-old girl how to have sex. He asked if he and the 14-year-old girl would be able to shower together. Archambault was placed under arrest, and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 1 count Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2). 

On Sunday, August 15, Leon Brisson, DOB 11/23/1966, of 3811 West Tacon Street in Tampa, came to the undercover location to engage in sexual activity with a mother and her 14-year-old daughter. Brisson sent a graphic photo of himself to the undercover detective before coming to the house. After Brisson was placed under arrest, he told detectives he was “here to have sex.” Brisson was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3). 

On Sunday, August 15, Mark McClure, DOB 5/29/1966, of 1316 Vinetree Drive in Brandon, came to the undercover location to engage in sexual activity with a mother and her 14-year-old daughter. McClure brought Red Bull and vodka with him to the house. McClure was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3). 

On Sunday, August 15, Raymond Damon, DOB 3/6/1967, of 7 F Street in Plant City, came to the undercover location to engage in sexual activity with a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. Damon requested that the child wear hot pink lingerie for him. Damon was placed under arrest and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3); 1 count Resisting Arrest Without Violence (M-1). 

On Sunday, August 15, Robert Chan, DOB 10/22/1971, of 1540 Pasadena Drive Apt 5 in Dunedin, came to the undercover location to engage in sexual activity with whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl he met in a chat room. Chan told the undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl during their chat sessions that he would “teach her” how to perform sex acts on him. Chan brought Skittles candy to the home for the girl. He was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of: 2 counts Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex (F-2); 1 count Using Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3); 1 count Attempted Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition (F-3).