Last week, Volusia County police pulled off an undercover sting, arresting 18 men for public sex in parks, according to WESH 2 News.
“There’s a bunch of dirty old men who their thrill is exposing themselves to other men in broad daylight, in the park,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a news conference on Saturday.
The police department responded to complaints of sexual activity throughout the county’s parks. Chitwood said the men arrested were charged with a number of offenses, including “unnatural and lascivious acts as well as indecent exposure in public,” according to Edge Media.
The sting was scheduled toward the end of the school year, just before more children are expected to start visiting the park.
The authorities behind the sting operation wrote, “The possibility of such (lewd) acts occurring in the presence of a child will increase, requiring immediate action and enforcement.”
According to WESH, undercover male officers walked the parks and reported being approached, and in some cases fondled, by the suspected men.
The men arrested ranged in age from 28 to 78 years old.
Last year there was a similar situation in Colohatchee Park, where two men were arrested for “lewd behavior.” The suspects, 47 and 53, admitted to intentionally coming to the park to meet each other.
They were arrested by an undercover detective on May 12, 2016.