Among the 17, accused of possessing and sharing abusive images of children and babies, were two Disney workers and a former middle school assistant principal, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced.
The sheriff’s office said one of the images they found was of a baby between the ages of 8 to 12 months.
Tampabay.com reports: The 17 were arrested as a result of a monthlong special investigation by the PCSO computer crimes unit working under the title of “Operation Guardians of Innocence IV: Fall Haul.”
“The people arrested during this operation prey on the most innocent and vulnerable among us — our children. The undercover detectives who investigate these crimes have to see things that nobody should have to see, and no child should have to experience. Each one of these arrests has removed a predator from our streets, and the internet,” said Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release.