Disney World employee among 12 alleged child predators nabbed in sting

An employee of Disney World along with 11 other suspected child predators are no longer on the prowl thanks to an undercover operation conducted by law enforcement officials this month.

“Operation Child Protector II”  resulted in 49 felony charges and the arrest of the twelve men ranging in age from 20 to 67 after a two-week sting where detectives posed as children online to identify and investigate individuals preying on underage kids for sex and other unlawful sexual activities, the Florida Polk County Sheriff’s Office disclosed in a press release on Friday.

Zachary Hudson, 30, is a bus driver at Walt Disney World who unknowingly engaged with detectives between June 4 and 5.  The detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl asked if he was ok with her age.

Police said he replied that it was no problem as long as “my being older doesn’t bother you.” Later, he reportedly told the girl that “age is just a number.”

Their online conversation eventually moved to text messages where cops allege Hudson told the girl half his age what sexual acts he wanted to perform with her and that he would be “honored” if she would lose her virginity to him.

Hudson also reportedly sent the faux teenager a nude photo of himself – which is likely what earned him a felony charge on the transmission of material harmful to a minor.

He is also charged with the use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony.

Hudson was booked at the Orange County Jail while wearing what appeared to be his Disney World Uniform.

(Video Credit: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

“What would an operation be — either a pornography investigation or predator operation or human trafficking operation — without a Disney employee?,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in an interview with WKMG-TV.

“We always have a Disney employee,” he added.

In March, a six-day undercover investigation by Florida law enforcement resulted in the arrest of 108 people including three Disney employees.

“This is huge,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at the time. “Four arrests of this magnitude is simply remarkable.”

“We’re online to stop them from getting to children,” Judd said.

Xavier Jackson from Kissimmee was one of the suspects employed by Disney who allegedly sent photos and descriptive sexual messages to a detective he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

“Did I mention that he just happens to be a lifeguard at the Polynesian Resort for Disney? You think there’s a few children around there? That’s right, I didn’t stutter. He was a lifeguard at the Polynesian Resort. And was bragging about that,” Judd said.

Jackson and the two other Disney employees were placed on unpaid leave pending the results of the investigation.

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