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Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph “Shane” Robbins

PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/12/2013 

 PCSO Detectives Arrest Five Men At Saddle Creek Park For Soliciting Lewd Acts 


 

On October 11, 2013, Polk County Sheriff's undercover detectives conducted a Vice initiative at Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland, focusing on complaints about indecent activity at the park. A total of five men were arrested for soliciting lewd acts:

 

54-year-old Michael Seawell, of 1133 Country Oaks Lane in Lakeland, was observed by detectives rubbing his crotch in a lewd manner, and then solicited an undercover detective to commit a lewd act. Seawell told detectives he is a terminal manager at CSX and was on duty at the time. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250.00 bond.

 

50-year-old Eric Witte of 6711 Summer Cove Drive in Riverview, solicited an undercover detective in a bathroom at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act. He told detectives he is a cook with the Merchant Marines. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit Lewdness, Second Offense.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $500.00 bond.

 

70-year-old James Dudley Fretwell of 1566 Excalibur Court in Lakeland, solicited an undercover detective at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act. Fretwell told detectives he had to be careful because he is married. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act. He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $250.00 bond.

 

55-year-old Dennis Hice of 4345 Creekwood Lane in Mulberry, solicited an undercover detective out in the open at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act. Hice told detectives he is married and works for Publix Corporate, and that he volunteers at the Lakeland Public Library and Circle B Bar Reserve. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewd Act.  He remains in the Polk County Jail with $250.00 bond.

 

53-year-old Thomas Bly of 715 Finney Street in Lakeland, solicited an undercover detective out in the open at Saddle Creek Park to commit a lewd act, and exposed himself to the detective. Bly told detectives he works at Florida Southern College as a groundskeeper. He was arrested and charged with Soliciting Another to Commit a Lewdness and Indecent Exposure in Public.  He was booked into the Polk County Jail and has been released after posting $750.00 bond.

 

"Polk County's parks are beautiful places where we can relax, fish, play, and enjoy time together. They are not places for committing lewd acts or exposing yourself. If you choose to commit illegal acts in our parks, you will be arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail." - Sheriff Grady Judd