JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eleven men accused of using computers or cellphones to lure children and meet them for sex were arrested in an undercover sting, the Volusia County sheriff announced this week.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said “Operation Deviant Desire” went after people who use the internet to prey on children for sex.
The operation resulted in the arrests of a Jacksonville man and 10 others, ranging in age from 19 to 55, on various felony charges, including using a computer to lure a child, traveling to seduce/solicit/lure/entice a child, attempted lewd and lascivious battery, and using a two-way communications device to commit a felony.
"It makes you want to throw up to listen to what these guys are requesting a 14-year-old perform on them and what they want to perform on a 14-year-old," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a news conference Tuesday.
The sheriff said that during the five-day operation, undercover detectives posing as teenagers chatted with the suspects before each man traveled to meet the child at public locations in Volusia County, which neighbors Flagler County to the south. The Sheriff's Office posted a compilation of videos showing the dramatic arrests, which show suspects surrounded by law enforcement officers at places that included a convenience store and gas stations.
Operation Deviant Desire
11 ARRESTED IN JOINT OPERATION ‘DEVIANT DESIRE’ TARGETING INTERNET PREDATORS Eleven men accused of traveling to meet a minor for sex were arrested in the latest undercover sting operation in Volusia County, Sheriff Mike Chitwood and partner agencies announced in a news conference this morning. The five-day “Operation Deviant Desire” resulted in the arrests of defendants ranging in age from 19 to 55 years old on various felony charges, including using a computer to lure a child, traveling to seduce/solicit/lure/entice a child, attempted lewd or lascivious battery and using a 2-way communications device to commit a felony. “It makes you want to throw up, to listen to what these guys are requesting a 14-year-old perform on them, and what they want to perform on a 14-year-old,” Sheriff Chitwood said in a Tuesday morning news conference attended by several other agencies that participated in the effort. Sheriff Chitwood credited the Task Force members with working around the clock to identify and arrest predators seeking sexual activity with children, and again warned parents that the Internet can be a dangerous place for kids whose activities aren’t monitored. The other clear message was for the predators, who continue to travel to meet children for sex despite the obvious knowledge that these stings exist. As in so many other operations, undercover detectives posing as 14- and 15-year-old children chatted with the suspects before each man traveled to meet the child at public locations in Volusia County. Those arrested, listed along with a brief, partial excerpt from their conversations, were: • Pengzhou He, 25 (DOB 3/3/1994), Sanford, Chinese national: “but I need You promise you’re 14. You’re not a bad guy.” • Carlos Charles-Martinez, 55 (DOB 8/10/1964), Daytona Beach: (sexually explicit comments followed by “Oh ok cool” upon learning the child was 14) • Laneil Wilkins, 29 (DOB 1/1/1990), listed address of Henrico, Va.: “I want us to get naked when I get there” • Mauricio Luna, 26 (DOB 4/14/1993), Deltona, Mexican national: “Let’s f***” (in possession of personal lubricant at time of arrest) • David Shook, 33 (DOB 1/8/1986), Altamonte Springs: “Wow didn’t look that young” (in possession of condoms, a handgun and a knife at time of arrest) • Kareem Farrelly, 33 (DOB 11/12/1985), Deltona: “I figured you was real young” (in possession of condoms at time of arrest) • Michail Hackett, 20 (DOB 5/14/1999), Sanford, Jamaican national: “Fun to me at this time of the night is sex I’m just being honest” (stated he did not know having sex with a 14-year-old is illegal in the United States; received a speeding ticket from the Sanford Police Department for traveling 69 mph in a 35 mph zone just prior to his arrest in Volusia County) • Gregory Webley, 37 (DOB 5/14/1982), Fort Pierce: “I can show u so much and show u how a man treats a woman” (in possession of condoms at time of arrest) • Kumar Speicher, 41 (DOB 5/4/1978), Jacksonville: “You home with your parents?” (in possession of condoms, loose pills, a sex toy, male stamina pills and a bottle with an unknown liquid at time of arrest) • Nirajkumar Kapadia, 24 (DOB 9/3/1995), Winter Park: “OMG so are you a virgin” • Samuel Reyes, 19 (DOB 10/15/1999), Eustis: “Well we can do oral sex???” The agencies participating in this North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force operation included the Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Brevard, Putnam and Clay sheriff’s offices, police from Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Gainesville and Orange Park, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit.Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
According to the Sheriff's Office, Kumar Speicher (pictured), 41, of Jacksonville, was among the men arrested. The Sheriff's Office said he was in possession of condoms, loose pills, a sex toy, male stamina pills and a bottle containing an unknown liquid at the time of his arrest.
"You home with your parents?" was an excerpt from Speicher's conversation with an undercover detective, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Speicher was booked Sunday into the Volusia County jail, online jail records show.
The Sheriff's Office said the other men arrested were:
- Pengzhou He, 25, of Sanford
- Carlos Charles-Martinez, 55, of Daytona Beach
- Laneil Wilkins, 29, who has a listed address of Henrico, Virginia
- Mauricio Luna, 26, of Deltona
- David Shook, 33, of Altamonte Springs
- Kareem Farrelly, 33, of Deltona
- Michail Hackett, 20, of Sanford
- Gregory Webley, 37, of Fort Pierce
- Nirajkumar Kapadia, 24, of Winter Park
- Samuel Reyes, 19, of Eustis
News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said if the men are convicted, they will have to register as sex offenders. Florida currently has more than 69,000 registered sex offenders.
The agencies that took part in the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force operation included the Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Brevard, Putnam and Clay sheriff’s offices; Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Gainesville and Orange Park police departments; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida; Homeland Security Investigations; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; and the State Attorney’s Office for the 7th Judicial Circuit.