On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives conducted an investigation at Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland, focusing on complaints of sexual activity occurring within the park.
“Our residents visit county parks with the expectations of relaxing with family and friends as they fish, bike, picnic, and enjoy time together. They do not expect to see lewd behavior, and neither do we. If you choose to commit illegal acts in our parks, you will be arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail." - Sheriff Grady Judd
Five men were arrested and booked into the Polk County jail. Those arrested and their charges were:
52-year-old Shawne Cowdery, DOB 01/05/1962, 117 Stoody Avenue, Auburndale. Cowdery told detectives he is a forklift operator for Saddle Creek Corporation. A PCSO undercover detective observed Cowdery grab his own crotch. Cowdery was also observed masturbating in a wooded area of the park. Cowdery also grabbed the detective’s crotch when he approached. Cowdery was charged with Offer to Commit Lewdness ($250 Bond), and Battery ($500 Bond). Cowdery remains in jail.
56-year-old Russell Leroux, DOB 05/10/1957, 1885 N. Crystal Lake Drive, #15, Lakeland. Leroux told detectives he is a security officer for Securitas. An undercover detective observed Leroux in a wooded area of the park where Leroux repeatedly grabbed his own crotch. Leroux asked the undercover detective to expose his penis. Leroux was charged with Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness ($250 Bond). Leroux remains in jail.
46-year-old Jose Luis Parrilla, DOB 06/25/1967, 14790 Evans Ranch Road, Lakeland. Parrilla told detectives he does Drafting and Design for Florida Leisure Communities. Parrilla made contact with an undercover detective. Parrilla led the detective through trails and passed several children until they were in a wooded area. Parrilla then asked the undercover detective to perform oral sex on him. Parrilla was charged with Solicit Another to Commit Lewdness ($250 Bond). Parrilla has since bonded out of jail.
63-year-old Mickie W. Meyer, DOB12/30/1948, 720 Broadway Boulevard, SE, Polk City. Meyer did not advise detectives of an occupation or employer. Meyer made contact with an undercover detective telling him he knew of “a good area where he could perform oral sex” on the undercover detective and “be able to keep an eye out for other people.” Meyer was charged with Offer to Commit Lewdness ($250), Possession of Marijuana ($500), and Possession of Paraphernalia ($500). Meyer has since bonded out of jail.
48-year-old Adron Gilley, DOB 06/09/1965, 6632 Tula Lane, Lakeland. Gilley told detectives he was a supervisor for a Home Depot store. Gilley made contact with an undercover detective on a trail at the park. Gilley engaged the detective in conversation, and then asked the detective to expose his penis after telling the detective he would perform oral sex. Gilley was charged with Solicit another to commit lewdness ($250 Bond). Gilley has since bonded out of jail.