Friday, January 20, 2012

Pro Golfer Sex Sting

Pro Golfer Sex Sting

Teacher, former pro golfer, and swim coach among those arrested in Fla. internet child sex sting

A former pro golfer, a swim coach and an eighth grade teacher are among 40 people arrested in an undercover Internet child sex sting in Florida, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

During the so-called "Operation Red Cheeks," undercover detectives posed as juveniles or the parent or guardian of a juvenile to talk with individuals in chat rooms and through instant messaging.

During the chats, some of the suspects reportedly sent pornographic images to the undercover detectives.

"This operation should also be a warning to all parents to monitor and be involved with their child's computer activities," Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell said.

Suspects traveled to an undercover house or meeting location in Osceola County for the purpose of having sex with a child, authorities said. Some brought alcohol, drugs and other items to the meeting, said deputies.

Among those arrested are:

-Eighth-grade teacher Alexander Roy, 32, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was arrested on several charges, including traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts.

-Stephen Wesley Thomas, 55, of Meridian, Miss., who is a former professional golfer on the Senior PGA Tour. He was arrested on charges including use of a computer to seduce, solicit or entice a child.

-Bryan Allan Woodward, 29, of Gainesville, Fla., the head coach of Gator Swim Club. He was arrested on charges of traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts and use of a computer to solicit a child for sex.