A large sex trafficking sting operation resulted in the arrests of 160 people, including Georgia Police Officer Jason DiPrima, and two Disney employees, according to reports.
On Friday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced that the sting, “Operation Fall Haul II,” rescued at least two sex trafficking victims.
Sheriff Grady Judd said there could be more victims.
“Our goal is to start services the moment that they are taken into custody and to treat them as what they are, victims, not as suspects in a criminal event,” said Judd,
“Operation Fall Haul II” also led to the arrest of two Disney employees, several teachers and ex-Officer DiPrima, and a state corrections officer.
Sheriff Judd told reporters that DiPrima, deputy police chief of Georgia’s Cartersville Police Department, is “no longer a police officer.”
The Cartersville Police Department said DiPrima resigned Thursday, allowing the department to begin the investigation.
The arrests also included high school IT expert Cameron Burke from Ocoee, Fla., who was busted during the sting for soliciting a prostitute.
“Operation Fall Haul II”
The operation found Burke had been out on bond after being arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student.
Other people arrested included Carlos Gonzales, an Osceola County math teacher, and John Layton, an Orange County physical education teacher.
As Fox35orlando reported, Samy Claude, 26, was also arrested on the same charge:
Disney often contracts the Orlando independent photographer, law enforcement said. When he arrived home, he reportedly brought the detective a bag of sour Skittles.
26 of those arrested told police they were married, 16 lived in Polk County, 15 were from other states.
PCSO said in a news release that least two were employed in law enforcement and seven are suspected of being in the country illegally.
The oldest person arrested is 64 years old, and the youngest is 19.
“The online prostitution industry enables traffickers and allows for the continued victimization of those who are being trafficked,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.
“Our goal is to identify victims, offer them help, and arrest those who are fueling the exploitation of human beings (Johns) and those profiting from the exploitation of human beings. Prostitution is not a victimless crime – it results in exploitation, disease, dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, and broken families.”