Three Walt Disney World Cast Members Among Those Arrested in Child Predator Sting
Three Walt Disney World Cast Members and fourteen others have been arrested in a six-day undercover child predator sting by Central Florida authorities.
Undercover officers posed as children online as part of Operation Child Protector. All those arrested showed up to the undercover location intending to engage in sexual activity with the children they thought they had spoken to online. Sixteen of the suspects are from the Central Florida area, while one was a visitor from Los Angeles.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters, “These are nasty, nasty people. We can’t even use the words that they used. We obviously can’t show the pictures and video clips that they sent to what they thought were 13-year-old little girls and little boys.”
The Cast Members arrested included couple Savannah Lawrence, 29, and Jonathan McGrew, 34, of Kissimmee, who worked as custodians at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lawrence and McGrew sought to engage in a threesome with who they believed was a thirteen-year-old girl and roleplay as step-parents and stepdaughter in a shoplifting situation.
The other Cast Member was 26-year-old Kenneth Javier Aquino, a lifeguard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. According to Sheriff Judd, he left his girlfriend who is seven months pregnant to have sex with a child. He arrived at the undercover location in his work uniform.
Among those arrested was also a registered nurse. In total, the seventeen face 49 felonies and two misdemeanors. Nine of them had criminal records.