32-year-old Justin Hazan and his roommate 36-year-old Arlandres Sims were included in the 16 men who were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Collectively the men were charged with 1,409 felonies for possessing and distributing child pornography, according to a statement made by Sheriff Grady Judd in a press conference on Tuesday. The sting went by the name “Operation Guardians of Innocence V.”
Justin Hazan operated Disney World’s Millennium Falcon Ride, and he is now facing 15 counts of child pornography possession charges.
Arlandres Sims is facing 25 counts of possessing child pornography, he worked in the Animal Kingdom Resort as a food runner within Disney World.
“Every time one of these folks receives, downloads, uploads the victim, a child victim who’s being sexually battered or is in a provocative position, that child is victimized once again,” Sheriff Judd said during his statement.
There were many victims involved in this operation who were under one year old when they were, “being attacked or sexually attacked in video or in photographs,” Sheriff Judd stated. “It shows you how deviant the suspects are,” he mentioned.
The ages of the suspects range from 18 to 64 and included were a registered nurse and a hospital pharmacist.
35-year-old John Aziz is facing 72 counts of possession of child pornography, and he worked at the Heart of Florida Medical Center as a pharmacist.
“That’s enough to send him to prison for a long time,” Judd said about Aziz. Judd also mentioned that some of the pornography Aziz had in his possession included children that were only as young as 18 months old.
Age 38 Edgardo Acevedo Cancela is facing five counts of possessing child pornography and also five counts of promoting child pornography. Cancela worked as a registered nurse at the Osceola Regional Medical Center. He’s even married and the father of kids age 10 and 13.
Age 18 Landen Ulrich is the youngest suspect who was arrested, and he’s facing charges of 200 counts of child pornography possession. Ulrich lives with his younger siblings and parents. Ulrich possessed child pornography of child victims as young as only six months old.
“These are the ghosts, the criminals that are dangerous to the most delicate victims that we’ll ever have,” Sheriff Judd said, making an appeal to authorities across the country. “Go after them with a vengeance and lock them up.”
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