A Disney World employee was among 12 men nabbed by Florida law enforcement for allegedly soliciting children for sex online, officials said.
The suspects, between the ages of 20 and 67, are facing a total of 49 felony charges following a two-week-long undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Child Protector II,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.
Among those arrested is 30-year-old Zachary Hudson, who was employed as a bus driver at Disney World, cops said.
Between June 4 and 5, Hudson allegedly exchanged online messages with an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl.
The detective asked Hudson if he had a problem with her only being 15, to which he replied as long as “my being older doesn’t bother you,” according to authorities. He later reportedly told her “age is just a number.”
The conversation moved to text messaging, where police say Hudson described the sexual acts he desired to do to her. He also sent a nude photo to the girl, cops said.
“What would an operation be — either a pornography investigation or predator operation or human trafficking operation — without a Disney employee? We always have a Disney employee,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WKMG-TV.
Police obtained a warrant for Hudson’s arrest and he was taken into custody in Orlando.
He appeared to be in his Disney World uniform when he was arrested, a mugshot obtained by the outlet shows.
He’s charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmitting material harmful to a minor and booked in the Orange County jail.
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A female teacher who was sacked for letting pupils as young as 15 pose topless and simulate masturbation for a school project has defended it as ‘art’ and claimed she is a victim of a ‘deep injustice’.
Emma Wright, 41, has been banned from teaching indefinitely after allowing students at Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire to take partially naked photos of themselves and others for a ‘highly inappropriate’ school art project.
The Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) ruled that the class, which also included pupils holding cigarettes and alcohol, had broken safeguarding rules and ordered Mrs Wright to be struck off.
An American Red Cross report says they rushed to provide food and water for the more than 70 firefighters from nearly two dozen departments that were required to put out the fire early Monday morning.
According to Stevens Point Journal, the fire was first reported at roughly 9 am, with billowing smoke spreading out several kilometres east and northwest. Some departments cleared the scene at 4:30 pm, but the fire wasn’t completely extinguished until 8:45 pm, nearly 12 hours later.
The Fire District says the fire began in the compressor room for the refrigeration and stemmed from a problem that arose during maintenance. No employees were injured.
This isn’t the first — and likely won’t be the last fire at a food processing plant. Indeed, there have been several in just the last few months.
But it’s not just food processing plants catching fire that’s troubling, especially during a time of food inflation. Poultry at meat producers is being destroyed at an alarming rate, usually due to barn and factory fires or avian flu.
In early April, 46,000 turkeys had to be killed in Barron, Wisconsin, due to an avian flu outbreak.
Another flock of 53,000 in Beadle County, South Dakota, had to be killed that same month.
On May 3, 13,800 chickens had to be destroyed at an Oklahoma farm for the same reason.
72,300 chickens had to be killed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, just a week later.
And there are several more instances.