The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with the help of other law enforcement agencies, has arrested 160 people during a seven-day operation aimed at cracking down on sex trafficking in the area.
According to WFLA, the operation, called “Fall Haul 2” resulted in the arrests of several school teachers, a state corrections officer, and a Disney employee, though the name of the employee was not given. Of those arrested, twenty-six are married men, and fifteen of them are individuals who reside outside the state of Florida.
The arrests of the non-Florida residents include a deputy police chief named Jason DiPrima, who is accused of attempting to hire a prostitute (who was actually an undercover detective) with alcoholic beverages and $180. DiPrima has reportedly resigned his position and was condemned by Sheriff Grady Judd of the Cartersville Police Department for embarrassing the department and his own family.
The Disney employee who was arrested was Guillermo Perez, a bellhop at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, who was taken into custody after agreeing to pay $80 for a visit to engage in sexual activity.
Other arrests included a 43-year old male who was on bond at the time after he was accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School in Orange County.
Two arrests involved individuals who were currently working as teachers: Carlos Gonzalez, 36, of Davenport, who is a Math teacher at New Dimensions High School in Osceola County, and John Layton, 26, of Gotha, who was a physical education teacher at West Orange High School in Orange County.
According to WFLA, Layton asked how long the arrest process would take because he had to be at track practice the next morning with his students, so the sheriff reminded him that things would be very different.
“No, the students have track practice in the morning; you have jail practice in the morning,” the sheriff said.