Editor’s note: The details in this story are disturbing.
An employee of Walt Disney World is part of a group of 12 people arrested as a result of a covert operation by Florida law enforcement agencies focused on the online request of minors.
“Operation Child Predator II” began on June 2 and was organized by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Oberndale Police Department and the Winter Haven Police Department. During the two-week operation, detectives played the role of minors on various social media platforms, mobile apps and online dating sites “to investigate those who hunt children for illegal sexual activity and travel to meet them.”
The arrested persons ranged in age from 20 to 67 years and a total of 49 cases have been registered against 12 of them. The four suspects were allegedly shown several times in a secret location in Polk County with whom they believed had minor children “for sexual assault.”
One of those arrested was 30-year-old Zachary Hudson, who told police he was a Walt Disney World bus driver. Authorities allege that Hudson engaged in sexual conversations with secret spies while at Walt Disney World.
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson was involved in an online conversation with a detective who appeared to be a 15-year-old girl. The detective, who looks like a 15-year-old girl, asked Hudson if she was OK.
When the conversation turned to texting, Hudson described what he allegedly wanted to do with the 15-year-old girl, adding that she would be “honored” to have her virginity, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities say he also sent nude photos of himself.
Hudson told the undercover detective, who worked as a 15-year-old girl, that he worked as a bus driver at Walt Disney World.
During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Hudson told intelligence agents that “what we said could get us all in trouble.”
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In particular, while talking to the secret spy, he explained how he wanted to wrap his arms around the girl’s “tiny little body,” according to Jud.
A Walt Disney World staffer also allegedly told the girl several times about how she had to keep quiet about their relationship and how it could be “our secret” according to Jad.
“You know, I could go to jail. But I would risk going to jail for spending time with you. I’m in danger of going to jail,” Hudson told the undercover detective.
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He was arrested in Orlando and taken to the Orange County Jail, where he is now charged with using a two-way communication device to commit a crime and transmitting harmful material to a minor.
Judd said Hudson was texting a secret spy as a 15-year-old girl while Walt was on the clock at Disney World.
“So if your bus was running late at Disney, he was busy taking pictures of himself and talking nonsense about what he thought was a little girl,” Jude said.
Jaden also said that Hudson was in his Walt Disney World uniform when his mugshot was taken.