WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — Twelve people have been arrested in an undercover operation targeting child predators in Florida, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The sting, titled Operation Child Protector II, was done in collaboration with the Auburndale and Winter Haven police departments.

Deputies said four of the suspects went to a location to have sex with girls they thought were 13 or 15 years old. Instead, they were greeted by undercover law enforcement.

The other eight suspects were arrested on warrants that alleged they groomed girls by sending them sexually explicit content.

One suspect, Zachary Hudson, was identified as a bus driver for Walt Disney World. Sheriff Grady Judd said Hudson would have sexually charged chats while on the job at Disney World.

“So if your bus was running late at Disney, he was busy taking pictures of himself and talking trash to what he thought was a little girl,” Judd said.

Two of the suspects were from out of the state, according to deputies. Judd said the one suspect — George Elec Matthews, 66, of Ozark, Alabama — was arrested by military police while heading to work at Fort Rucker in Alabama.

The sheriff said Matthews had these chats both at home and at work.

“I hope he didn’t get so carried away with his chats that he forgot to put all the parts back on the Black Hawk helicopters,” Judd said. “That could be a real problem.”

“He’s not going to be flying here on a helicopter; I’ll guarantee that,” he added.

The 12 suspects face 49 felony charges in total. The suspects were identified as:

  • Lawrence Neu, 67, of Lakeland — was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex (F2), one count of attempted lewd battery, four counts of transmission of material harmful to the minor (F3), one count of use of a computer to seduce a child – enhanced, and one count use of a computer to misrepresent age and seduce a child
  • Francis Butler, 62, of Palm Beach Gardens — was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of attempted lewd battery and one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony
  • Timothy King, 26, of Clermont — was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of attempted lewd battery, and one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony
  • Nando Castellar, 20, of Orlando — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony (F3), and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor (F3)
  • Roger Fleury, 40, of Saint Clair, Michigan — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor
  • John Hughley, 43, Lehigh Acres — charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor
  • Christopher Sean Velez, 33, of Tampa — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor (F3)
  • Zachary Clark, 26, of Tampa — was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count of attempted lewd battery, one count of use of a computer to seduce a child, and one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony
  • Zachary Hudson, 30, of Reunion — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and one count of transmission of material harmful to a minor
  • Michael Occhino, 57, of Kissimmee — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony, three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor, and one count of interference with custody
  • George Elec Matthews, 66, of Ozark, Alabama — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and two counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor (F3)
  • Cameron Ohlin, 26, of Tallahassee — was charged with one count of use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony and six counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor

According to Judd, nine of the suspects had no prior criminal record.

“Wherever you are in the world, if you’ve been talking nasty and sending nasty pictures to what you thought was a child, we’re after you,” Judd said.