18 Men Arrested in Florida Gay Sex Stings at Parks, Mugshots and Names Published

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood and his deputies arrested 18 men in a four-day sex sting in six public parks. Several Florida news outlets published all 18 mugshots along with names and places of residence for all arrested.

Said Chitwood in a news conference: “If you insist in going in our parks and trails and engage in this type of despicable behavior you may find yourself in handcuffs. It’s important that we set the tone that our parks and trails are safe for families.”

During the sting, undercover deputies sat on park benches and waited for the men to approach. According to the police reports, the men often steered the conversation to sex, began to rub the undercover deputies or expose their genitalia to them, and, in some cases, masturbate.

All the men were arrested and charged with indecent exposure in public and committing lewd acts, according to arrest records. Two men were also charged with battery, and one man was charged with battery only.

The men arrested ranged in age from 28 to 78, though the majority were middle-aged or older, Chitwood said. – The News Journal 

The Daytona Beach News Journal‘s published a video of one man being arrested.

FOX 35 reports below:

 

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17 Responses

  1. MARCO says:

    ENTRAPMENT.- DENIAL of DUE PROCESS – DEFAMATION

  2. James Jasion says:

    NJ in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.

  3. Please delete the previous comments; this is what came to mind:

  4. Brian Brinkley says:

    Bringing shame on the community. Use GRINDR FFS! I have no sorrow for park and bathroom cruisers.

  5. French says:

    Really?

  6. French says:

    Posting addresses in newspaper? They don’t even do that to f’ing murderers! Ya think you’re going a little too far with that?

  7. Nick says:

    I love how they got the straight woman to allude to childrens’ safety. Silly woman, those men were as interested in you as they were your children.

  8. Vanaro Sinn says:

    I love to cruise. It’s so hot. Cruising kinda started because hateful people decided that homosexuality was illegal, so they had no choice back in the day. But now its just fun! Loves it.

  9. Yet another reason to stay the hell out of Trumpland, Florida

  10. Daniel says:

    Yet If this happened to a straight female & male no one would blink twice.

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