Disney workers, paramedic among arrested in Lake County cyber sex sting

Nearly 2 dozen charged in 'Operation Be Mine'

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Lake County deputies arrested nearly two dozen men, including Walt Disney World workers and an Orange County Fire Rescue paramedic in a cyber sex sting.

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"Operation Be Mine," a week-long investigation, used law enforcement officers posing as children or parents online.  They arranged to meet the suspects under the guise of sex and arrested them when they arrived, according to Lake County Sheriff's Office.

David Griffith, 47, of Minneola, said he arranged with a 7-year-old's mother to meet the child for sex.  Deputies say they found the child had also been sexually abused by her own mother. Since Griffith's admission, deputies say the child is safe.

Three of the 22 arrested were Disney World employees, including Robert Kingsolver, Joel Torres and Patrick Holgerson. According to deputies, Holgerson was also willing to transmit HIV to a minor victim. They say he failed to disclose his HIV status and didn't bring condoms.

A Disney spokeswoman says all three employees are on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the charges.

Belal Shofique is an Orange County paramedic and a spokesman tells Local 6 he has been relieved of duty without pay, pending the investigation's outcome.

The following people were arrested on charges related to soliciting sex from a minor:

  • Marcos Soto-Rossi
  • Joey Hughes
  • Brian Baker
  • David Griffith
  • Tyler Edge
  • Ryan Roach
  • Alexander Vorobets
  • Paul Samaroo
  • Robet Kingsolver
  • Troy Allen Dupler
  • David Penny
  • Patrick Holgerson
  • Joel Torres
  • Aaron Will
  • Nasib Jobe
  • Angel Eduardo Alavarez
  • Ariel Ovanounou
  • Belal Shofique
  • Mathew Dove
  • David Earl Parker
  • Adam Michael Jimenez
  • Nathan Taylor Sullivan

For more information on the arrestees, click here.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference at 2 p.m.

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